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Lexington Automobile: A Complete History

Lexington Automobile: A Complete History

by Richard A. Stanley


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Lexington Automobile: A Complete History

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786425426
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/11/2007
Pages: 263
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

Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     1
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
Notes     235
Bibliography     241
Index     251

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