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The Detroit-Dearborn Motor Car Company was an automobile manufacturer in Dearborn, Michigan. It was incorporated on August 14, 1909.

The first car was completed in January 1910. It produced two models: the Minerva, a touring torpedo, and the Nike, a roadster.[1] After producing only 110 cars, the company went bankrupt later in 1910 as it had only $50,000 in capital.[2]


  • 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. (5)

Officers of the company[edit]

  • Edward Bland, President
  • Arthur E. Kiefer, Vice-President
  • Samuel D. Lapham, Treasurer
  • Elmer W. Foster, Secretary
  • Paul Arthur, Superintendent and Engineer

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Detroit's Supremacy in Automobiles". Foundry. Penton Publishing Co. 36 (4): 186. June 1910 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Early American Automobiles 1861-1929 History of Early American Automobile Industry". Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  • 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]