Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana fulfilled a long-held ambition to highlight the contributions made to the automobile industry by Indiana innovators and state-based companies. The book is our attempt to illustrate and share this rich history. In fact, the publisher donated more than 300 copies to Indiana school libraries.
As many of you know, one of our projects in summer 2013 was getting the Indiana Cars second edition published. The first edition was a hard-bound book with a different page format. This second edition is formatted differently because of printing requirements. But the bulk of the information remains the same. A few updates have been added to reflect some of the changes that have affected the automotive industry since the first version was printed.
We find that hardly a week goes by without meeting someone unaware of Indiana’s automotive heritage. It is great to share the people and stories from this bygone era. Without the efforts of many Indiana auto pioneers like Carl G. Fisher, Fred Duesenberg, and Elwood Haynes, our nation’s transportation and leisure landscape would be totally different. Indiana Cars can be the first step in your discovery process.
For instance, Indianapolis once had more automobile manufacturers than Detroit. Movie stars and kings once clamored for specific models made only in Indiana. The state was also home to several innovations, such as tilt steering, cruise control, and front-wheel drive. These facts show the importance of the role of automotive manufacturing in Indiana’s history.
We would like to say thank you to the Hoosier Auto Show & Swap Meet, Inc., for having the continued faith in us and republishing our book. Thank you to all of the research institutions, individuals, and car clubs who furnished resource materials and photographs for this venture.
Check out the Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana second edition.
For more information on our automotive heritage follow this link.