Olympian (automobile)

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Olympian Motors Company
Company typeAutomobile manufacturer
PredecessorPontiac Chassis Company
Founded1917; 107 years ago (1917)
FounderR. A. Palmer
Defunct1920; 104 years ago (1920)
SuccessorFriend Motors Corporation
HeadquartersPontiac, Michigan,
Production output
2,070 (1917-1920)
1919 Olympian cars advertisement

The Olympian was an automobile built in Pontiac, Michigan, USA, by the Olympian Motors Company from 1917 to 1921.[1]


R. A. Palmer purchased the well equipped Cartercar factory from General Motors to produce a low priced car. Model 37 was a 4-cylinder 23-hp touring car called the Tourist selling for $795 (equivalent to $18,907 in 2023) and a four-seat roadster called the Gypsy selling for $825. The car was given a large selection of colors to distinguish them from competitors.[2][1]

In 1920, management issues caused the company to be sold to Otis Friend and the Friend automobile would go into production later in 1920.[1]


  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. ^ Georgano, Nick (2001). The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile (3 vol. ed.). Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. ISBN 1-57958-293-1.