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Before there were cars .
 

Who manufacturers a new technology? What old technologies can be adapted to produce new vehicles? The first auto manufacturers were bicycle and carriage makers, metalworkers, and machinists.

Case radiator emblem
Case radiator emblem
The J.I. Case Threshing Machine Company had been manufacturing grain threshers and steam traction engines since 1842. When they began producing automobiles in 1910, they used their famous Case Eagle for the radiator emblem.
Kissel Kar radiator emblem
Kissel Kar radiator emblem
Kissel Motor Company originally manufactured agricultural equipment, then stationary gas engines, before producing cars. Kissel manufactured almost the entire vehicle, something uncommon for early automobile companies.
Velie radiator emblem
Velie radiator emblem
As well-known carriage builders, the Velie Corporation had the backing of the John Deere Plow Company. Their first cars were distributed through the Deere dealer network.
Moon Motor Car Company radiator emblem
Moon Motor Car Company radiator emblem
Similar to many other early American car manufacturers, Moon began as a business making buggies.
Standard Steel Car Company radiator emblem
Standard Steel Car Company radiator emblem
Standard Steel had been in the railroad industry, manufacturing steel and composite railway carriages and wagons, before turning to automobiles.
Dort radiator emblem
Dort radiator emblem
Joshua Dallas Dort had been a carriage builder before he decided to attempt building cars.
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