1899 - 1912

McIntyre

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Founded in 1909 by William H. McIntyre, the McIntyre Automobile Company emerged from a backdrop of buggy manufacturing and patent disputes that defined early American automaking. Transitioning from the Kiblinger company, McIntyre initially produced high-wheelers which were modestly priced and targeted at mainstream consumers, showcasing models like the 1909 McIntyre Model M Runabout. As the automotive industry evolved, McIntyre attempted to innovate with standard vehicles and cyclecars like the 1913 IMP Cyclecar, but struggled to shed its high-wheeler image.

Despite diversifying their model lineup, including the introduction of six-cylinder vehicles like the 1913 McIntyre Limited, the brand was unable to sustain its early momentum. By 1915, faltering sales led McIntyre into receivership, marking the end of its production. The assets were acquired by the DeKalb Manufacturing Company, which continued to assemble vehicles for a brief period. This story highlights not just the rapid rise and fall of early automakers but also underscores the volatile nature of innovation in the nascent car industry during the 20th century.

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