Herff–Brooks Corporation

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Herff-Brooks Corporation
Fatefactory turned over to War work
HeadquartersIndianapolis, Indiana
Key people
Herff Brothers, H. H. Brooks

Herff–Brooks Corporation was a brass era automobile manufacturer based in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1914 to 1916.[1]


Herff-Brooks formed in 1913 to take on the sales of the Marathon Motor Works of Nashville, Tennessee. By 1915 Herff-Brooks purchased the now defunct Marathon machinery, and along with some personnel set up a new factory at the Wayne Works in Richmond, Indiana.[2][1]

Herff-Brooks were identical to the 1914 Marathons with minor improvements. A 40 hp four-cylinder car, at $1,100, and a 50 hp six-cylinder car, at $1,375 were offered. For 1915 a 25 hp car, selling at $765, was added.[2]

H. H. Brooks, former Sales Manager for Marathon was General Manager. He joined Marmon as a Sales Manager in 1917 when Herff-Brooks automobile production stopped. The Wayne Works were turned over for War production.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Kimes, Beverly Rae; Clark Jr., Henry Austin (1996). Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942 (3rd ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 978-0-87341-428-9.
  2. ^ a b Georgano, Nick (2001). The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile (3 vol. ed.). Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. ISBN 1-57958-293-1.

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