Imperial Automobile Company

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Imperial Automobile Company
TypeAutomobile Manufacturing
GenreTouring cars, roadsters
PredecessorJackson Carriage Company
Founded1908; 115 years ago (1908)
FounderT. A. Campbell, George N. Campbell
Defunct1916; 107 years ago (1916)
SuccessorMutual Motors Company
Production output
unknown (1908-1916)

The Imperial Automobile Company of Jackson, Michigan, was formed by the brothers T. A. and George N. Campbell in 1908, who also ran the Jackson Carriage Company.[1]


Imperial produced mid-size cars with four-cylinder engines; the bodywork and mechanicals were primarily off-the-shelf rather than bespoke. Coachwork was done out-of-house by Beaudette Company, which also did work for Buick and Ford. In 1912 the Imperial factory burned down and the company moved into the old Buick truck plant. In 1914 a six-cylinder engine was introduced. Car production lasted until 1916.[1]

In 1915, Imperial merged with Marion from Indianapolis, Indiana to form Mutual Motors Company. Under this new name, they stopped production of Imperials the following year. The new cars produced in Jackson were called Marion-Handley instead.[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.