Marathon (automobile)

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ManufacturerMarathon Motor Works

The Marathon was an automobile built by the Marathon Motor Works company in Nashville, Tennessee.[1] It was manufactured from 1911 to 1914 when financial difficulties forced the company to sell its machinery to another automaker in Indianapolis. Only eight examples of the car are known to still exist.[2]

The Marathon was popular with the public, and by 1912 they were producing 200 cars monthly.[2] In 1913, the Marathon was available in three different chassis sizes and at least 10 different body styles. The three chassis sizes were:[3]

  • Runner: 25 horse power, 104 inch wheelbase
  • Winner: 35 horse power, 116 inch wheelbase
  • Champion: 45 horse power, 123 inch wheelbase


  1. ^ Margaret Binnicker, "Marathon Motor Works," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.
  2. ^ a b Duke, Jan. "The History of Nashville's Marathon Motor Works". tripsavvy. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  3. ^ "The 1913 Marathon 'Runner' $875". The Nashville Tennessean. September 22, 1912. p. 43.

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