Friend (automobile)

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The Friend was an automobile manufactured in Pontiac, Michigan by the Friend Motors Corporation in 1920.[1][2] Otis Friend had taken over the Olympian Motor Company in 1920, and manufactured their car until the car named after himself was ready.[1] The Friend was shown at the New York Automobile Show in January 1921,[3] featured a four-cylinder engine, a 112-inch (2842mm) wheelbase, and had a five-seater, two-door roadster body.[1] Wooden artillery and wire wheels were options.[1] The Friend originally sold for $1585. With sales sluggish, the price was reduced further to $1185, but this had no effect, and production ended with fewer than fifty cars built.[1] A six-cylinder model was planned, but the company went out of business before any were manufactured.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Georgano, Nick (2000). The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile. London: Stationery Office. p. 1792. ISBN 0117023191.
  2. ^ "The Friend Automobile & The Friend Motors Corporation".
  3. ^ a b Kimes, Beverly Rae (1996). The Standard Catalog of American Cars: 1805-1942. Iola, IA: Krause Publications. p. 1612. ISBN 0873414284.