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Grand Rapids in 1856

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The Rapids Motor Car Co. of Grand Rapids

The Rapids Motor Car Co. of Grand Rapids


Four men, all dressed in suits and hats, and a woman wearing a large hat sit in the open vehicle, a Rapid Touring car, made in Grand Rapids by the Rapids Motor Car Company. It featured a two-cylinder, 15 hp engine, three-speed transmission, double-chain drive, and a $2,000 price tag.


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TitleThe Rapids Motor Car Co. of Grand Rapids

Title by cataloger. The original car manufacturing company was bought by M. B. Martin who produced only a few cars at 145 Monroe, then moved to 592 Cherry.

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids
CollectionThe original photograph is located in the National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library

Reproduction and copyright information regarding this image is available from Krause Publication, 'Std. Cat. AMERICAN CARS, ISBN 0-87341-428-4. The photograph is reproduced with permission of the publisher.

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