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The Detroit-Dearborn was an automobile manufactured in Dearborn, Michigan by the Detroit-Dearborn Motor Car Company. It was incorporated on August 14, 1909.[1] The first car was completed in January 1910.[2] The only two models produced were the Minerva, which was a touring torpedo, and the Nike, which was a roadster.[3] As with many other automobile manufacturers, it was undercapitalized and went bankrupt in 1910 after producing 110 cars.[4]


112" wheelbase

price $1650.00 F.O.B. Dearborn, Michigan

35 horsepower, four cylinders (cast in pairs); bore 4 1/8 inches, stroke 4 3/4 inches

20-gallon gas tank capacity

The torpedo body was painted in Holland Blue, with cream striping for body, hood and frame. Springs and wheels were painted cream with blue striping. Body panels were made of 5/8" wood, doors were aluminum, and floor and running boards were made of solid oak.

Officers of the company[6]:

Edward Bland, President

Arthur E. Kiefer, Vice-President

Samuel D. Lapham, Treasurer

Elmer W. Foster, Secretary

Paul Arthur, Superintendent and Engineer

Capitalization at $50,000

See also[edit]


  • Georgano, G.N. (1968). The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars, 1885 to Present.

Cars of Class: The Detroit-Dearborn Motor Car Company, William K. McElhone, Michigan History Magazine, November-December 1996 [1-4] Additional specifications provided by James Skelly, Dearborn, Michigan, from a 4-page 1910 automotive trade journal article, as well as a July 1910 Motor magazine advertisement. [5-6]