Revere Motor Car

ReVere Motor Car built in Logansport, Indiana.
Can you tell me if there are any auto museums in Indiana, or elsewhere, which have any ReVere automobiles on display?”

One of the best references about the genesis of the American automobile is the “Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805 – 1942,” by Beverly Rae Kimes, C 1996. This reference is available at most good libraries.

The following are some notes from our book, “Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana,”

Perhaps the best known Logansport automobile is the ReVere, built by the ReVere Motor Car Corporation (1918-1926). Auto racers Gil Anderson, Tom Mooney (noted team drivers for Stutz and Premier respectively) and Adolph Monsen collaborated on the design of the high-powered, high-performance ReVere. The car utilized the Duesenberg four-cylinder, 90-hp, “walking-beam” engine, which was so named because of the horizontal valve arrangement that used extremely long vertical rocker arms (walking-beams).

ReVere’s 1920 Foursome was the epitome of sportiness with bullet head lamps, slanted windshield, step plates, cycle fenders, wire wheels, and side-mounted tires. A white custom-built Foursome with Victoria top was ordered by King Alfonso XIII of Spain. ReVere’s slogan was “America’s Incomparable Car.” Innovations for 1925 included an optional Continental six-cylinder engine. The last model in 1926 may have anticipated power steering with dual steering wheels, one for normal driving and one for parking. The ReVere organization saw six changes of management in eight years and faded after 1926.

Of the approximate 247 ReVeres produced I’m not sure how many exist. In summer of 1998, the Heartland Cruisers of Logansport had a fundraiser and purchased a 1920 ReVere phaeton for the Cass County Historical Society. This ReVere has been shown at the Hoosier Auto Show & Swap Meet and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. I believe it now resides at the Cass County Historical Society.

This is the only one I know of in Indiana. You may want to check with the Cass County Historical Society.

Hope this helps.

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