McIntyre Automobile

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The McIntyre Company started as the W. H. Kiblinger Company in 1887, manufacturing buggies. After W. H. Kiblinger's death in 1894, William H. McIntyre purchased the company and began experimenting with automobiles as early as 1897. In 1906 they began selling high-wheelers with tiller steering and one-cylinder engines under the Kiblinger name. Prices were as low as $250.

Expansion[edit]

The company soon grew to occupy a total of five buildings around Auburn, Indiana and employed 400 men. In December 1908, the name was changed to the W. H. McIntyre Co. and the manufacture of buggies and high-wheelers continued, but the line gradually changed to more modern cars and trucks. Trucks of up to 5-ton capacity were offered. McIntyre also had success with its IMP Cyclecar model.

Model overview, 1907–1915[edit]

1914 IMP
Year Model Engine type / Cyl. Power bhp (kW) Wheelbase in Cost
1907 Kiblinger  ?  ?  ? ?
1908 McIntyre  ?  ?  ? ?
1909 McIntyre Straight 4 cyl. 30 bhp (22 kW) 112 $850
1913 IMP  ?  ?  ? ?

Bankruptcy[edit]

In 1915, the McIntyre Company was forced into bankruptcy. The DeKalb Manufacturing Co. purchased the assets and assembled cars for another two years.[1]

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