A list of defunct automobile manufacturers building vehicles in the United States
into the 1930s and later. They were discontinued for various reasons, such as bankruptcy of the parent company, mergers, or being phased out.
Defunct Automobile Videos
Dual-Ghia is a rare, short-lived, automobile make, produced in the United States between 1956 and 1958. The idea for a sporty limited production car came from Eugene
Casaroll, who controlled specialized vehicle builder Dual-Motors Corporation based in Detroit, Michigan; the name Dual-Ghia is representative of the collaborative
efforts between the two builders.
Durant Motors Inc. was established in 1921 by former General Motors CEO William "Billy" Durant following his termination by the GM board of directors and the New York bankers that financed GM.
Durant Motors Automobile Club and Museum
Edsel is an automobile marque that was planned, developed, and manufactured by the Ford Motor Company for model years 1958 through 1960. With the Edsel, Ford had
expected to make significant inroads into the market share of both General Motors and Chrysler and close the gap between itself and GM in the domestic American
automotive market. Ford invested heavily in a yearlong teaser campaign leading consumers to believe that the Edsel was the car of the future an expectation it failed
to meet. After it was unveiled to the public, it was considered to be unattractive, overpriced, and overhyped. The Edsel never gained popularity with contemporary
American car buyers and sold poorly. The Ford Motor Company lost $250 million on the Edsel's development, manufacturing, and marketing.
Edsel Owners Club
Warren Goodwin was a former sports-car racer and a keen fisherman, born in 1921 or 1922. His first wife and the mother of his two sons was Gwendolyn.
His earlier company, Sports Car Engineering, had manufactured Microplas Mistral bodies under license and sold them as the Spyder. He founded Fiberfab in 1964. In
1967, Goodwin was arrested on suspicion of murder for shooting his 28-year-old second wife, Jamaica. The police said he had found Jamaica with Farbus Kidoo.
Goodwin claimed the shooting was accidental. He was charged with the voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment. He died in jail on December
26, 1968, of a heart attack.
The Glasspar was started in 1947 as a boat-building company when Bill Tritt began building small fiberglass boat hulls in his Costa Mesa, California fiberglass shop.
Glasspar was also one of the first companies to build fiberglass-bodied cars, most notably the G2 (Glasspar), but including the Woodill Wildfire, the Studebaker-based
Ascot and the Volvo Sport. The G2 was a prime influence on the decision for Chevrolet to develop the Corvette. The Glasspar G2 was born in 1949 when Bill Tritt helped
his friend, United States Air Force Major Ken Brooks, design a body for the hot rod Ken was building. The car consisted of a stripped down Willys Jeep chassis with a
highly modified V8 engine mounted on it. Bill Tritt, at the time, was building small fiberglass boat hulls in his Costa Mesa, California, factory and he convinced Ken
that fiberglass was the ideal material for the hot rod body. The company was sold to to Larson Boat Works.
King Midget was a micro car produced between 1946 and 1970 by the Midget Motors Corporation. Although the company started out by offering a kit to build the car, they
soon added completely-assembled cars and later only offered completed cars. Company founders Claud Dry and Dale Orcutt first sold the King Midget as part of their Midget
Motors Supply operations in Athens, Ohio. By 1948, they began to use the name Midget Motors Manufacturing Co., too. In about 1956, Dry and Orcutt changed the name of
their company to Midget Motors Corporation.
Today, more information about the King Midget is made available by members of the
King Midget Car Club, which offers books on the history of the cars, an annual
gathering of fans and owners, and information about spare parts, repairs, vendors, and restoration. In recent years, an increased appreciation has developed about the
qualities of the King Midget's efficient use of materials, fuel economy, ruggedness, and ease of repair.
The Muntz Car Company was established in 1950, in Glendale, California, by Earl "Madman" Muntz, a well known local used car dealer and electronics retailer. It closed in 1954. Muntz was assisted by Frank Kurtis, who had earlier attempted to produce a sports car under the Kurtis Kraft marque (the Kurtis Kraft Sport, which sold just 36 units by 1950).
In 1951, Kurtis sold the license to manufacture the cars to Muntz, who rebadged them as the "Muntz Jet", extended the body to make it a 4-seater, and exchanged the Ford engine with a larger Cadillac V8. Later, this engine would be replaced with a less expensive Lincoln side-valve V8
The Phillips Berlina is a neo-classic car built in Pompano Beach, Florida in the early nineteen-eighties. Debuting in 1980, it was designed by Charles W. Phillips in the
style of the 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster. It used stretched C3 Chevrolet Corvette underpinnings, coupled to fibreglass bodywork. As for the Corvette,
power steering and brakes, powered tinted windows, and tilt steering were fitted. The fuel injected 5.7 litre V8 engine in the 1982 Berlinas offers 200 hp at
4,200 rpm, for a top speed of around 110 mph. The earlier carburetted version (L81) had 190 hp on tap. By 1982, a special "Coupé SE" version was also
Ideal Motor Car Company, organized in June 1911 by Harry C. Stutz with his friend Henry F Campbell, began building Stutz cars in Indianapolis in 1911. They set this
business up after a car built by Stutz in under five weeks and entered in the name of his Stutz Auto Parts Co was placed 11th in the Indianapolis 500 earning it the
slogan "the car that made good in a day". Ideal built what amounted to copies of the racecar with added fenders and lights and sold them with the model name Stutz
Bearcat. Bear Cat being the name of the actual racecar.
Abbott-Detroit (19091916; Abbott 19171918)
A.E.C. (or Anger) (19131915)
Aero Car (1921)
Aero-Type (Victor Page model)
Ajax Electric (19011903)
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