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The Ghosts of Auto's Past

Updated on February 1, 2015

With the bailout of the automotive manufacturers looming, I decided to give you a look at some of the car maker's that are no more.

The government never bailed these ones out.

Scroll down and learn about a few of the defunct car manufacturer's.

New York Car and Truck Company

This company was known for making the Allen Kingston. This was a car designed with European styles. The car was manufactured from 1907-1909.

You don't hear much about the New York Car and Truck Company.

The Allen Kingston is in 2nd
The Allen Kingston is in 2nd

Biddle Motor Car Company

Open from 1882-1930, Biddle started with making complete cars. They ended just making the outer bodies of cars. They were master's of making sleek designs and many of their contracts were with the Hudson Motor Company.They were based in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Checker Motors

Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Checker Motor Company made the famed Checker cabs.

If you have ever seen one you would know exactly what I am speaking of.

Congress, how about a bailout for Checker?

De Vaux Motors Company

Only one year of this manufacturer and their car. The year was 1931 and the company could not meet the demand. De Vaux produced 4,808 cars and sold out to General Motors.

W.B. Engler Cyclecar Company

This company made a cycle-car from 1914-1915. They were made in Pontiac, Michigan. A brand new Engler ran approx. $385.

I bet a bailout of Engler wouldn't cost much. 

Haynes Automobile Company

Based in Kokomo, Indiana, Haynes produced cars from 1905-1924.

From a look at the dates, I would say the Great Depression was a major contributor to Haynes not staying in business. 

This is just a few of the defunct automobile manufacturers. I don't see anywhere where our government helped bail them out. Why are we doing it for manufacturers now?

I hope our representatives take a good look at this bailout. Will it really do any good?

Well, I've spouted enough, it seems our government will do what they want to do, even if the majority think it's the wrong thing to do.

Thanks for reading my hub and may God save our nation from economic disaster!



© G.L. Boudonck 

© 2008 Greg Boudonck


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    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      9 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks for the info John

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      9 years ago

      Perhaps the info you found related to the Biddle and Smart body builders, as opposed to an automobile manufacturer, who made elegant bodies for the Hudsons of the thirties.

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      9 years ago

      the photo of the car with the Biddle info is a Hudson.


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      9 years ago

      Biddle was incorporated in October 1915 and was absorbed by Crane of Crane Simplex into the Biddle-Crane which lasted only to 1922.

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      10 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      Very interesting, I had no idea about the other companies. Thank you.


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