Celebrating Indiana’s Automotive Pioneers

Many people have contributed to making Indiana’s mark on automotive history. Some of Indiana’s Automotive Pioneers are listed are inductees in the Automotive Hall of Fame located in Dearborn, Michigan.

I would like to offer my selection of Indiana’s Automotive Pioneers. These pioneers contributions to automotive history have been numerous. Yet we take these innovations increasingly for granted as part of today’s automobiles.

E. L. Cords 1937 Cord Beverley Sedan
E. L. Cords 1937 Cord Beverley Sedan

The following provides short biographical sketches for each of these individuals.

Gordon M. Buehrig-Extraordinary automotive designer
Louis Chevrolet-Racer-designer-builder
Errett Loban Cord-One of Indiana’s premier automotive executives
Clessie L. Cummins-Father of the American truck diesel
Frederick S. Duesenberg – Father of one the finest American production cars ever made
Carl Fisher–The Hoosier Barnum
Elwood Haynes – Builder of one America’s first automobiles
Raymond Loewy – One of the founders of industrial design
Howard C. Marmon – Early Indiana automotive innovator
Louis Schwitzer–Winner of the first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909
Harry Stutz–Builder of The Car That Made Good in a Day
Ralph Teetor–Inventor of Cruise Control

Loewy with 53 Studebaker
Raymond Lowey with 1953 Studebaker
Copyright © Studebaker National Museum

So, the next time your motoring along in your car, you might wonder where you’d be without Indiana’s Automotive Pioneers.

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