Haynes Automobile Company

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Haynes Automobile Company
Former type Automobile Manufacturing
Industry Automotive
Genre sedan, coupe and roadster
Founded 1905
Founder(s) Edgar Apperson, Elmer Apperson and Elwood Haynes
Defunct 1924
Headquarters Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, United States
Area served United States
Products Automobiles
Automotive parts
A 1916 Haynes on display at the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History.
Advertisement for 1922 Haynes Brougham

The Haynes Automobile Company was a United States automobile manufacturing company which produced automobiles in Kokomo, Indiana, from 1905 to 1924. The company was formerly known as the Haynes-Apperson company which produced automobiles under that name from 1896-1905. Co-founder Elwood Haynes changed the name of the company after fellow co-founders Elmer and Edgar Apperson left to form the Apperson Brothers Automobile Company in 1901. The company was declared bankrupt in 1924 and went out of business in 1925.

History[edit]

New for 1914, Haynes started offering their "Light Six" at $1485, ads boasted it was "The result of 22 years successful experience in building motor cars." Haynes also proclaimed it "Americas greatest light six", that it "will travel 22 to 25 miles on one gallon of gas" and "has more than 1 horsepower to every 55 pounds of weight."[1]

For 1916, Haynes introduced the "Light Twelve", and refined "Light Six" new series, Models 36 and 37.[2]

In 1923, just before going out of business, Haynes introduced the 57, with a 121-inch (3073 mm) wheelbase, in five-seat four-door sedan, three-seat coupelet, and two-seat roadster,[3] advertised as complete with front and rear bumpers, six disc (as opposed to wire) wheels, wind wings, sun visors, "artistically fashioned individual steps"[4] (for the running boards), and "individual fenders".[4]

The Haynes Pioneer Magazine[edit]

"The Haynes Pioneer" was the official factory magazine of the Haynes Automobile Company. It was named after Elwood Haynes's first car, the 1894 Haynes "Pioneer". The magazine featured articles like "Ocean to Ocean in One Day" and "The 1897 Haynes "Horseless Carriage" Again Becomes Property of the Haynes Company" (1916).[5]

Haynes in Pop-Culture[edit]

In the 1915 stag film "A Free Ride" (The worlds oldest known surviving hard core pornographic film), a right-hand-drive 1912 Haynes 50-60 Model Y Touring Car was used to give "The Jazz Girls" a "free" ride.[6][7]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Haynes ad from August 29, 1914 issue of The Literary Digest
  2. ^ Haynes ad from Colliers for January 8<1916
  3. ^ Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.199.
  4. ^ a b Clymer, p.199.
  5. ^ Nov 1916 Haynes Pioneer Factory Magazine
  6. ^ A Free Ride (film)
  7. ^ Haynes Automobile ads

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