Inter-State Automobile Company

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Inter-State Automobile Company
Founded1909; 115 years ago (1909)
FounderThomas F. Hart
Defunct1919; 105 years ago (1919)
FateSold plant to General Motors
Key people
Thomas F. Hart, Frank C. Ball
Automotive parts
Production output
8,179 (1909-1918)
1911 Inter-State Model 31-A Demi-Touring
1916 Inter-State Touring Car

The Inter-State was a Brass Era car built in Muncie, Indiana by Inter-State Automobile Company from 1909 to 1919.


Company name[edit]

Thomas F. Hart announced in October 1908 the winning name of his new company, chosen via a contest. The Inter-State Automobile Company set up shop at 142 Willard Street. Ads stated "we could get more for this car."[1] Originally, all Inter-States were mid-market, both in size and price, with four-cylinder engines. In 1913, 6-cylinder engines were added.[2]

Receivership followed in the fall of 1913. Thomas Hart cited "internal dissention and his inability to secure working capital because of disagreement among stockholders."[1] In February 1914, Frank C. Ball (one of the original Inter-State investors) bought the Inter-State factory and real estate. This resulted in a renaming of the parent company to the Inter-State Motor Company.[1]

General Motors[edit]

In 1915, a new Beaver 4-cylinder low-priced car was released. By May 1918, automobile production was suspended in favor of war work. In late February 1919, F. C. Ball announced he would be resuming passenger car production, but by March of the same year, Ball sold the Inter-State factory to General Motors for them to produce their new Sheridan.[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Kimes, Beverly Rae; Clark, Jr, Henry Austin (1996). Standard Catalog of American Cars: 1805-1942 (3rd ed.). Iola, WI: Krause Publications. ISBN 978-0-87341-428-9.
  2. ^ a b Wise, David Burgress (2000). The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Automobiles. Chartwell Books. ISBN 0-7858-1106-0.