Premier Motor Manufacturing Company

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Premier Motor Manufacturing Company
Automobile Manufacturing
GenreTouring cars
FounderGeorge A. Weidely and Harold O. Smith
Area served
United States
Automotive parts
Premier Motor Mfg. Company of Indianapolis, Indiana - 1906

The Premier Motor Manufacturing Company was organized in 1903 by George A. Weidely and Harold O. Smith in Indianapolis, Indiana. The company built automobiles with air-cooled engines.[1]


1916 Premier Roadster 6-56

The 1904 Four-Cylinder Premier was a touring car model. Equipped with a tonneau, it could seat six passengers and sold for US$ 5,000. The vertically mounted water-cooled straight-4, situated at the front of the car, produced 40 hp (30 kW). A three-speed sliding transmission was fitted as on Système Panhard cars from Europe. The pressed steel-framed car weighed 2250 lb (1021 kg) and used semi-elliptic springs. A Double-Cylinder Premier model sold for US$ 2,500. It had a 2-stroke straight-twin engine producing 20 hp (15 kW).

During 1906, the Model "F" and Model "L" were on the market with prices that ranged from $1,250 to $2,250. The cars were advertised as summer and winter vehicles that had a "powerful motor, easy but substantial clutch, buoyant springs and luxurious upholstering."[1]

Remaining examples of Premier automobiles are rather rare. A 1905 Premier is on display in the Speedway Museum in Indianapolis and a 1918 Premier is on display at Space Farms Zoo and Museum in Sussex, New Jersey. A 1916 Premier is on display at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana.

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  1. ^ a b "The Automobile Advertising". Authentic History, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  • Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly (January, 1904)