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Columbia Motors was incorporated in 1916, with John George Bayerline as company president and William E. Metzger as vice-president. Bayerline was the former president and general manager of the King Motor Car Company and former general manager and founder of the Warren Motor Car Company. Prior to founding Columbia, Metzger was a founder of the E-M-F Company which was later purchased by the Studebaker Corporation.
Columbia Motors produced two models powered by Continental six-cylinder engines including the popular Columbia Six. In 1916, Columbia bought Argo Electric. A 1916 news item in the journal Horseless Age presents a "Columbia Touring Car". In 1923, Columbia acquired Liberty Motor Car.
- "Officials of the Columbia Motors Co. of Detroit, Makers of the Columbia Six". Motor West. XXVII (11): 24. September 15, 1917. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- "Artemas Ward, Jr., Now Heads King Motor Car". Michigan Manufacturer Financial Record. 15 (25). June 19, 1915. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- "Detroit's Latest Warren-Detroit". The Automobile. 21 (13): 539. September 23, 1909.
- Editorial staff (April 1, 1916), "The new Columbia Touring Car", Horseless Age, 37 (7): 279.
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