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Clarkmobile was an automobile first built in 1902 by Frank Clark of Clark & Company in Lansing, Michigan. The first model became available in 1903. A newspaper article referred to the automobile as the 'Unbreakable Clarkmobile' and showed it surviving an accident.

Before the Clarkmobile, Clark & Company Carriage Works built the body for the first test car produced by Ransom E. Olds.[1]

Production ceased in 1904. The Deere-Clark company purchased the company's tools and machinery.[2] Frank Clark went on to make the Clark car in Shelbyville, Indiana.[3]


The Clarkmobile included a number of innovative features such as wheel steering, shaft drive, a front end with hood, and a new engine design.


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  2. ^ Kimes, Beverly Rae; Clark, Henry Austin, Jr (1996). Standard Catalog of American Cars: 1805–1942. Iola, WI: Krause Publications. p. 423. ISBN 978-0-87341-428-9. 
  3. ^ Georgano, N. (2000). Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile. London: HMSO. ISBN 1-57958-293-1.