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Cole Motor Car Company
1909 - 1924
Joseph J. Cole established the Cole Carriage Company in December, 1905, and produced horsedrawn carriages. In 1908, Cole built an experimental motor buggy that used many carriage components. A 4-cylinder touring car design was developed and in July, 1909, the Cole Motor Car Company was formed and horsedrawn carriage manufacturing ended. These 4-cylinder cars were joined by a 6-cylinder model in 1913, and a V-8 engine in 1915. The V-8īs became so popular that it was the only model offered after 1917.
In 1919, Cole sales in the luxury field were surpassed only by Cadillac, but after 1921, Cole encountered a rough period. A proposal to merge with other auto firms collapsed and Cole was confronted with a decision to mass-produce cars or go out of business. Cole decided to quit and his last car left the factory in October, 1924. J.J. Cole died in 1925.