Lexington Automobile: A Complete History available in Hardcover
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- McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Lexington, a smaller marque that twice won the famous hill climb at Pikes Peak, produced its first car in 1909 in its namesake city of Lexington, Kentucky. Although little has heretofore been written about the Lexington, and no company financial records survive, the manufacturer's story is fascinating and unique. Lexington, for example, was a leader in the use of color in magazine advertising and factory literature, and the company used advertisements to support contemporary issues like women's suffrage. Paralleling manufacturing trends of today, Lexington relocated to Connersville, Indiana, in 1910, with promised municipal perks such as new, advanced facilities, free water, and no local taxes for five years.
From incorporation to financial insolvency in 1926, this is the first book to offer the complete story of the Lexington Motor Company as well as the related Howard and Ansted cars. Detailing company history within the context of the American industrial revolution, it follows the upstart manufacturer from initial choice of property, factory design and name selection, through relocation, World War I, ventures into auto racing, and finally a takeover by Auburn in 1927. It also offers detailed automotive specifications and options, and includes information on surviving Lexingtons. This comprehensive text includes over 240 photographs depicting the communities, cars and people associated with the Lexington.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Richard A. Stanley, retired school administrator and teacher, is the director of the Fayette County Historical Museum in Connersville, Indiana, and a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Society of Automobile Historians.
Table of Contents
Birth of a Thoroughbred in the Bluegrass State 5
The Lexington Becomes a Hoosier 40
A New Name is Born 67
The War Years 96
Lexington Goes to the Races 121
A New Corporation and Continued Expansion 148
Loss of Credit and Credibility 179
Lexington Lives On 202
A Gallery of Surviving Lexingtons 207
Lexington Models 233