Kentucky Wagon Mfg. Co. - Kentucky Manufacturing Co. - 1879-present - Louisville, Kentucky
Kentucky Wagon Mfg. Co. – 1879-present located in Louisville, Kentucky and made the DIXIE FLYER, HERCULES, and CROWN automobiles. Address: Kentucky Wagon Works. 2601 S. 3rd St. Louisville, Kentucky. By 1919, horse drawn vehicle production was curtailed except for farm wagons and in 1920 Studebaker sold their wagon works to The Kentucky Wagon Mfg Co of Louisville. In so doing, Studebaker became the only wagon maker to successfully transition to automobiles.. In 1916 the Kentucky Wagon Manufacturing Company decided to go into the car manufacturing business and was renamed the Dixie Motor Car Company. It only lasted from 1916 to 1923. Only car manufactured here was the Dixie Flyer which had a Lycoming and Herschell-Spillman four cylinder engine. Company sold out to the National Automobile Company of Indianapolis. Finally in 1936, the company was acquired by R.C. Tway Sr. and turned into the Kentucky Manufacturing Company. It now is back to it's roots and manufactures Truck Trailers. Reportedly made car & trucks from 1915-1923. President William C. None died on January 24th, 1929 at the age of 83. Built Ford Model T& TT – Model A&AA Driver Salesman Truck bodies for Fords.
OLD HICKORY (US) 1915-1923
(1)Kentucky Wagon Works, Louisville, Ky. 1914-1915
(2) Kentucky Wagon Manufacturing Co., Louisville, Ky. 1915-1923
The original Old Hickory model was a 1 ˝-tonner with worm-drive. In1916, only, a 3 ˝-tonner was made with a 4cylinder engine under a frontal hood with bevel-gear drive and pneumatic tires on a wheelbase of 9 feet, 4 inches. This model was continued to the end of 1919 and at least in 1918 it had a Lycoming engine. In 1919, a 1-tonner also was made with a 4-cylinder Continental engine. This company also built the Urban electric commercial vehicle. GMN
URBAN (US) 1911-1918
Kentucky Wagon Manufacturing Co, Louisville, Ky
The Urban was a battery-operated electric. The initial model was a modest ˝-tonner but in later years a number of chassis were offered, up to 2-tonners. Edison alkaline batteries were used in all models, and final drive was by double chains. Open and enclosed models of delivery vans were offered on chassis with wheelbases to 10 feet, 10 inches.
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