Speedwell Motor Car Company

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TypeAutomobile Manufacturing
HeadquartersDayton, Ohio
A 1910 Speedwell advertisement - Syracuse Post-Standard, 1910

The Speedwell Motor Car Company was an early United States automobile manufacturing company established by Pierce Davies Schenck that produced cars from 1907 to 1914. The company's factory rented space for the Wright Company to build its airplanes from February to November 1910 while the Wright Company built its own factory building in west Dayton.[1] The Great Dayton Flood of 1913 greatly damaged the Speedwell factory in Dayton's Edgemont neighborhood and its inventory, and the company entered receivership in 1915.

Its factory site later hosted a Delco factory. The Speedwell factory buildings are not extant.


In 1911, Speedwell built a closed two-door, dubbed a sedan, which was the first recorded use of the term.[2]

In England, another car was marketed under the Speedwell name from 1900 to 1908. The two companies are unrelated.

1911 Speedwell Model F. Special

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  1. ^ Johnson, Mary Ann; maps by Frank Pauer (1996). Field Guide to Flight: On the Aviation Trail in Dayton Ohio (Rev. ed.). Dayton, Ohio: Landfall Press. ISBN 0-913428-58-2.
  2. ^ G.N. Georgano Cars: Early and Vintage, 1886-1930. (London: Grange-Universal, 1985)


  • Curt Dalton, Roger L. Miller, Michael M. Self, and Ben F. Thompson, Miami Valley's Marvelous Motor Cars: From the Apple-Eight to the Xenia Cyclecar, 1886-1960 (2007).
  • David Burgess Wise, The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Automobiles (Edison, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, 2000). ISBN 0-7858-1106-0
  • G.N. Georgano Cars: Early and Vintage, 1886-1930. (London: Grange-Universal, 1985).

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