Dorris Motor Car Company - 1906-1925 - St Louis, Missouri

    Already well known for his earlier automobiles, George Preston Dorris started the Dorris Motor Car Company in the former St Louis Motor Carriage plant in 1906. Featuring unitized construction of the engine, gearcase and radiator, Dorris starting building hearses on their standard 30hp 101 inch touring car chassis in 1911. Later coaches could be built on the 60hp 132 inch chassis that appeared a few years later.   In addition to their professional cars, Dorris offered a series of light and medium duty commercial vehicles on 2 and 3-ton chassis from starting in 1911. Automobile production ceased in 1925, but the firm stayed open building a few trucks and buses through 1928. 

In 1913 Dorris offered an unusual vehicle caller the Dorris Draped Motor Catafalque. This funeral vehicle featured an open casket area surround on three sides by large black drapes and a black draped valance that extended over the rear wheels to the ground. 


DORRIS (US) 1912-1925 Dorris Motor Car Co., St. Louis, Mo.

This manufacturer began the manufacture of passenger automobiles in 1906, but the first commercial vehicle was not launched until six years later. This original model was a 3/4-tonner with pneumatic tires, later joined by a 2-ton stake truck and a 3-tonner chassis. These all used Dorris­-built 4-cylinder ohv engines. From 1916 to 1925, there were only seven basic models, with the K-4 dating from 1918 and the K-7 from 1919. These were 2Y2- and 3Y2-ton­ners respectively. During the last three years of commer­cial production, Dorris also offered two models of buses, models M-4 and L-6 with 4- and 6-cylinder engines, respec­tively. There was also a gasoline-electric bus made in 1925 which had a General Electric generator and motor. During 13 years of commercial production, there were 3951 Dorris trucks built. GMN


    For more information please read:

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Thomas A. McPherson - Superior: The complete history

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William A. Luke - Trolley Buses: 1913 Through 2001 Photo Archive

Harvey Eckart - Mack Buses: 1900 Through 1960 Photo Archive

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Dylan Frautschi - Greyhound in Postcards: Buses, Depots and Post Houses


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