Early Indianapolis Auto Industry

Joined by Alfred Reeves of the American Motor Car Manufacturers Association Howard Marmon of the Marmon Motor Car Company and creator of the the Marmon Wasp visited the Paris Auto Show in late 1907.

This is an interesting photo of an Auburn after completing a 2,000 mile reliability run through southern Indiana. The exhibition was presented by Finch & Freeman, and Indianapolis based dealership. The item appeared in the Indianapolis Star on March 1, 1908. This item underscores the emphasis on reliability of automobiles as a major selling point in these early days of the industry.

This is a digest column from the Sunday, March 8, 1908 edition of the Indianapolis Star. It sums up quick items of the week for the city's auto industry. Of special note is a reference to Frank Moore of the Fisher Automobile Company.

Simultaneous but coincidental with Savannah, Georgia preparing for their first big auto race event Indianapolis planned its second annual major automobile show in late winter - spring of 1908. The show grew significantly from its inaugural event in 1907. Also check out the articles about the 1909 Indianapolis Auto Show. These articles are from the Indianapolis Star.

These articles chronicle the second annual Indianapolis Auto Show that took place from Monday March 23, 1908 through the following Saturday, March 28. This was a much expanded show over the previous year and had been planned by a committee of executives from local dealerships and automobile manufacturers for months. Below are several attachments containing news coverage of the event from the Indianapolis Star.

Founded in March 1908 by the group planning for the Indianapolis Auto Show week, the Indianapolis Automobile Trade Association (IATA) wasted no time after the show in getting to work planning events to stimulate primary demand for the automobile market.

This article summary is a continuation of another elsewhere on First Super Speedway that discusses the work of the Indianapolis Automobile Trade Association (IATA), established during the 1908 Indianapolis Automobile Show.

This small article published in the November 15, 1908 Indianapolis Star contains interesting data about the national automobile market at the time. For instance it reports that there 253 automobile companies. The industry forecast called for the sale of 75,000 cars at an average price of $1,500 in 1909 for a total value of $120,000,000. The article also reports that 150,000 autos were registered for use on public roads at the time.

This article, published February 7, 1909 in the Indianapolis Star, reveals apparent discussions within the National Motor Vehicle Company to run 1,000 miles a day for 10 consecutive days. The venue was to be the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which had not even broken ground yet on its construction at the time of this publication.