Indiana Built

Our list shows 198 Indiana built automobiles produced in 42 cities and towns.

This list is from the book Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana. A list of Indiana-built automobiles sorted by city is also included in the book. For more information on the book be sure to visit our Indiana Cars website.


Name Manufacturer City Date
Albany Albany Automobile Co. Albany 1907-08
Allied Allied Cab Mfg. Co. Elkhart 1932-34
American American Motors Co. Indianapolis 1906-14
American American Automobile Mfg. Co. New Albany 1911-12
American Junior American Motor Vehicle Co. Lafayette 1916-20
American Simplex Simplex Motor Car Co. Mishawaka 1906-10
American Underslung American Motors Co. Indianapolis 1906-14
Amplex Simplex Motor Car Co. Mishawaka 1910-13
Anderson Anderson Carriage Mfg. Co. Anderson 1907-10
Anderson Steam Anderson Steam Carriage Co. Anderson 1901-02
Ansted Lexington Motor Car Co. Connersville 1921,1926
Apperson Apperson Bros. Automobile Co. Kokomo 1902-26
Auburn Auburn Automobile Co. Auburn 1900-36
Auburn Auburn Automobile Co. Connersville 1929-36
Auburn Motor Chassis Auburn Motor Chassis Co. Auburn 1912-15
Auto Red Bug American Motor Vehicle Co. Lafayette 1916-20
Avanti Studebaker Corp. South Bend 1962-63
Avanti II Avanti Motor Corp. South Bend 1965-85
Bendix Bendix Co. Logansport 1908-09
Black C.H. Black Mfg. Co. Indianapolis 1896-1900
Black Crow Crow Motor Car Co. Elkhart 1909-11
Blackhawk Stutz Motor Car Co. Indianapolis 1929-30
Bour-Davis Shadburne Bros. Co. Frankfort 1918
Brook Spacke Machine & Tool Co. Indianapolis 1920-21
Bryan Steamer Bryan Boiler Co. Peru 1918-23
Butler High Wheel Butler Co. Butler 1908
Casady W.S. Casady Mfg. Co. South Bend 1905
Champion Champion Auto Equipment Co. Wabash 1916
Chevrolet Truck General Motors Truck & Bus Grp. Fort Wayne 1986-present
Clark Clark Motor Car Co. Shelbyville 1910-12
Cole Cole Motor Car Co. Indianapolis 1909-25
Cole Solid Tire Cole Carriage Co. Indianapolis 1908-09
Comet Comet Cyclecar Co. Indianapolis 1914
Comet Racer Marion Motor Car Co. Indianapolis 1904
Continental Indian Motor & Mfg. Co. Franklin 1910-13
Cord Cord Corp. Auburn 1929-32
Cord Cord Corp. Connersville 1936-37
Crosley Crosley Motors Inc. Marion 1946-52
Crosley Crosley Motors Inc. Richmond 1939-42
Crow Crow Motor Car Co. Elkhart 1911
Crow-Elkhart Crow Motor Car Co. Elkhart 1911-23
Cyclop L. Porter Smith & Bros. Indianapolis 1910
Davis George W. Davis Motor Car Co. Richmond 1908-29
De Soto Zimmerman Mfg. Co. Auburn 1913-14
De Tamble De Tamble Motor Co. Anderson 1908-13
Dearborn J & M Motor Car Co. Lawrenceburg 1911
Decatur Decatur Motor Car Co. Decatur 1908-11
DeWitt DeWitt Motor Vehicle Co. North Manchester 1909-10
Dixie Dixie Mfg. Co. Vincennes 1916
Duesenberg Duesenberg Motors Corp. Indianapolis 1920-37
Duplex Bendix Co. Logansport 1908-09
Durant Durant Motors, Inc. Muncie 1922-28
El-Fay Elkhart Motor Co. Elkhart 1931-35
Elcar Elkhart Motor Co. Elkhart 1916-31
Electrobile National Vehicle Co. Indianapolis 1901-06
Elgin Elgin Motors Inc. Indianapolis 1923-24
Empire Empire Motor Car Co. Indianapolis 1909-19
Empire Empire Motor Car Co. Connersville 1912-15
Erie Erie Cycle & Motor Carriage Co. Anderson 1899-1902
Erskine Studebaker Corp. South Bend 1927-30
Evansville Evansville Automobile Co. Evansville 1907-09
Excellent Six Rider-Lewis Motor Car Co. Anderson 1908-11
Ford Ford Motor Co. Indianapolis 1914-32
Gary Six Gary Automobile Mfg. Co. Gary 1914
Graham-Paige Graham-Paige Evansville 1929-30
Great Western Great Western Automobile Co. Peru1909-14
H.C.S. H.C.S. Motor Co. Indianapolis 1920-25
H.C.S. Cab H.C.S. Cab Mfg. Co. Indianapolis 1924-27
Handy Wagon Auburn Motor Chassis Co. Auburn 1912-15
Harper Harper Buggy Co. Columbia City 1907-08
Haynes Haynes Automobile Co. Kokomo 1904-25
Haynes-Apperson Haynes-Apperson Automobile Co. Kokomo 1898-1904
Henderson Henderson Motor Car Co. Indianapolis 1912-14
Hercules Hercules Motor Car Co. New Albany 1914-15
Herff-Brooks Herff-Brooks Corp. Indianapolis 1915-16
Honda Passport Subaru Isuzu Automotive, Inc. Lafayette 1994-present
Hoosier Scout Warren Electric & Machine Co. Indianapolis 1914
Howard Lexington-Howard Co. Connersville 1913-14
Huffman Huffman Bros. Motor Co. Elkhart 1920-25
Hummer AM General Mishawaka 1984-present
Huntingburg Huntingburg Wagon Works Huntingburg 1902-03
Ideal Ideal Motor Co. Indianapolis 1911-12
Ideal-Commercial Ideal Auto Co. Fort Wayne 1910-14
Imp W. H. McIntyre Co. Auburn 1913-14
Indiana Indiana Motor & Vehicle Co. Indianapolis 1901
Interstate Interstate Motor Co. Muncie 1908-19
Isuzu Trooper Subaru Isuzu Automotive, Inc. Lafayette 1989-present
Jack Rabbit Apperson Bros. Automobile Co. Kokomo 1911-13
James J & M Motor Car Co. Lawrenceburg 1909-11
Jonz American Automobile Mfg. Co. New Albany 1910-12
Kenworthy Kenworthy Motors Corp. Mishawaka 1920-21
Kiblinger W. H. Kiblinger Co. Auburn 1907-08
Komet Elkhart Motor Car Co. Elkhart 1911
Lafayette Lafayette Motors Co. Indianapolis 1921-22
Lambert Buckeye Mfg. Co. Anderson 1906-17
Laurel Laurel Motors Corp. Anderson 1917-20
Laurel Laurel Motor Car Co. Richmond 1916-17
Lawter Safety Shredder Co. New Castle 1909
Leader Leader Mfg. Co. Knightstown 1907-12
Leader Leader Mfg. Co. McCordsville 1905-07
Lexington Lexington Motor Co. Connersville 1910-27
Lindsay T.J. Lindsay Automobile Parts Co. Indianapolis 1902-03
Lorraine Lorraine Car Co. Richmond 1920-21
Lyons-Knight Lyons-Atlas Co. Indianapolis 1913-15
Madison Madison Motors Corp. Anderson 1915-19
Mais Mais Motor Truck Co. Indianapolis 1911-14
Marathon Herff-Brooks Corp. Indianapolis 1915-16
Marion Marion Motor Car Co. Indianapolis 1904-14
Marmon Nordyke & Marmon Co. Indianapolis 1902-33
Martel Elkhart Motor Co. Elkhart 1925-27
Martindale & Millikan Indian Motor & Mfg. Co. Franklin 1914
Maxwell Maxwell-Briscoe Motor Co. New Castle 1906-16
McFarlan McFarlan Motor Car Co. Connersville 1910-28
McGill McGee Mfg. Co. Indianapolis 1917-28
McIntyre W. H. McIntyre Co. Auburn 1909-15
McIntyre Special W. H. McIntyre Co. Auburn 1911-15
Metz Metz Cyclecar Co. Indianapolis 1914
Mier Mier Carriage & Buggy Co. Ligonier 1908-09
Mills Electric Mills Electric Co. Lafayette 1917
Model Model Gas Engine Works Auburn 1903-06
Model Model Automobile Co. Peru 1906-09
Mohawk Mohawk Cycle & Automobile Co. Indianapolis 1903-05
Monroe William Small Co. Indianapolis 1918-23
Morriss-London Century Motors Co. Elkhart 1919-25
Muntz Jet Muntz Car Co. Evansville 1950-51
National National Motor Vehicle Co. Indianapolis 1904-24
National Electric National Automobile & Electric Co. Indianapolis 1900-04
New Parry Parry Auto Co. Indianapolis 1911-12
New York Six Automotive Corp. of America Richmond 1927-28
Niagara Four Crow Motor Car Co. Elkhart 1915-16
Nyberg Nyberg Automobile Works Anderson 1911-13
Ohio Falls Ohio Falls Motor Car Co. New Albany 1913-14
Overland Standard Wheel Works Indianapolis 1905-06
Overland Overland Auto Co. Indianapolis 1906-09
Overland Standard Wheel Works Terre Haute 1903-05
Packard Studebaker-Packard Corp. South Bend 1954-58
Packard Darrin Packard Motor Car Co. Connersville 1940-41
Pak-Age-Car Auburn Automobile Co. Connersville 1938-41
Pak-Age-Car Stutz Motor Co. Indianapolis 1930-38
Parry Parry Auto Co. Indianapolis 1910
Pathfinder Motor Car Mfg. Co. Indianapolis 1912-17
Pilgrim Ohio Falls Motor Car Co. New Albany 1913-14
Pilot Pilot Motor Car Co. Richmond 1909-24
Plymouth Chrysler Corp. Evansville 1935-56
Pope-Waverley Pope Motor Car Co. Indianapolis 1904-08
Postal Postal Auto. & Engineering Co. Bedford 1906-08
Pratt Pratt Motor Car Co. Elkhart 1911-15
Pratt-Elkhart Elkhart Carriage/Harness Mfg. Co. Elkhart 1909-11
Premier Premier Motor Mfg. Co. Indianapolis 1903-26
Premier Taxicab Premier Motor Car Co. Indianapolis 1923-26
Prosperity Allied Cab Mfg. Co. Elkhart 1933
R.A.C. Ricketts Automobile Co. South Bend 1910-11
Red Ball-Taxi Red Ball Transit Co. Frankfort 1924
Reeves Reeves Pulley Co. Columbus 1896-98, 1905
ReVere ReVere Motor Car Corp. Logansport 1918-26
Richmond Wayne Works Richmond 1904-17
Ricketts Ricketts Automobile Co. South Bend 1909-11
Rider-Lewis Rider-Lewis Motor Car Co. Anderson 1908-11
Rider-Lewis Rider-Lewis Motor Car Co. Muncie 1908
Rockne Studebaker Corp. South Bend 1932-33
Rodefeld Rodefeld Co. Richmond 1909-17
Roosevelt Marmon Motor Car Co. Indianapolis 1929-30
Royal Royal Motor Co. Elkhart 1913
Royal Martel Elkhart Motor Co. Elkhart 1925-27
Scout International Harvester Co. Fort Wayne 1961-80
Seidel Seidel Buggy Co. Richmond 1908-09
Senator Victor Automobile Co. Ridgeville 1907-10
Sheridan Sheridan Motor Car Co. Muncie 1920-21
Shoemaker Shoemaker Automobile Co. Elkhart 1907-08
Simplicity Evansville Automobile Co. Evansville 1907-11
Single-Center Single-Center Buggy Co. Evansville 1906-08
South Bend South Bend Motor Car Works South Bend 1913-16
Spacke Spacke Machine & Tool Co. Indianapolis 1919
Standard Six Standard Auto. Co. of America Wabash 1910-11
Star Durant Motors, Inc. Muncie 1923
Star Model Automobile Co. Peru 1908
Sterling Elkhart Motor Car Co. Elkhart 1909-11
Studebaker Studebaker Corp. South Bend 1904-63
Studebaker Electric Studebaker Bros. Mfg. Co. South Bend 1902-12
Stutz Stutz Motor Car Co. Indianapolis 1912-35
Subaru Legacy Subaru Isuzu Automotive, Inc. Lafayette 1989-present
Sun Sun Motor Car Co. Elkhart 1916-17
Super Allied Allied Cab Mfg. Co. Elkhart 1935
Tincher Tincher Motor Car Co. South Bend 1907-09
Traveler Traveler Automobile Co. Evansville 1910-11
Tricolet Pokorney/Richards Auto. & Gas. Indianapolis 1904-06
Union Union Automobile Co. Auburn 1916
Union Buckeye Mfg. Co. Anderson 1905
Union Union Automobile Co. Union City 1902-04
Union City Six Union City Carriage Mfg. Co. Union City 1916
United United Engineering Co. Greensburg 1919-20
Van Auken Electric Connersville Buggy Co. Connersville 1913
W.A.C. Woodburn Auto Co. Woodburn 1905-12
Waverley Waverley Co. Indianapolis 1909-16
Waverley Electric Indiana Bicycle Co. Indianapolis 1898-1903
Westcott Westcott Motor Car Co. Richmond 1909-16
Woodburn Woodburn Auto Co. Woodburn 1905-12


A word about lists

Compiling lists about the automotive genesis is an imprecise art. There is no single source of information for the American automobiles progression. Some reference works are fairly complete regarding makes, manufacturers, cities and dates. These same works may miss some instances for which a manufacturer’s model is built in a plant other than that company’s main places of business. The work is further compounded by list compilers who chose to include instances where only one car was made by an individual whether or not they planned to proceed to manufacture it in quantity. In Indiana’s case, for every one vehicle achieving production about two announcements of intent to manufacture or build a prototype were proclaimed.

Early lists about the actual number of automobiles made in the United States started at 1,500 and then progressed to about 2,500. Recent lists approach around 3,000. Early Indiana lists started at 160 makes made in more than 30 cities and have progressed to over 520 vehicles manufactured or assembled in more than 80 cities.

Only those vehicles which proceeded to production are included in the book’s lists. Production, as many have chosen to define it, is the manufacture of 12 or more vehicles of the same design. This is the accepted definition for recognizing the start of commercial automobile production by a number of manufacturers in the United States in 1896. In some instances it is still hard to determine the twelve or greater number. On borderline cases where no actual numbers are given we erred on the high side. Based on the above explanation, this list shows 198 autos produced in 42 cities.

Bibliography

Huffman, Wallace Spencer, Indiana Built Motor Vehicles Centennial Edition, Indianapolis,
Indiana Historical Society, C 1994.

Kimes, Beverly Rae, Standard Catalog of American Cars: 1805 – 1942, Iola, WI, Krause
Publications, C 1996