Pontiac Body Co. - 1902-1916 - Pontiac, Michigan
|An early production body firm unrelated to the Pontiac Buggy Company,
also of Pontiac which later became the Oakland Motor Company which joined General Motors and took its place along
side Buick and Oldsmobile in 1909.
Built production bodies for the National in 1916 (National Motor Vehicle Company of Indianapolis, Indiana 1904-1924)
Pontiac Body Company – Pontiac Michigan 1905 advertisements & annual report
Pontiac Body Company – 1916 Motor Ad: This company manufactures automobile bodies to order, according to designs furnished. The exhibit consists of a wood tonneau body in white, made for the National Motor Vehicle Company of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Emerson-Brantingham was on a buying spree during 1912 and purchased the Pontiac Buggy Company in August, 1912. They also purchased the Newton Wagon Manufacturing Co. of Batavia, Illinois at the same time. The Emerson-Brantingham Company of Rockford, Illinois produced a complete line of farm implements and associated equipment and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
By the 1920s, Emerson-Brantingham had added automobile bodies and fenders to the products built by the former Pontiac Buggy Company. During the depression, Emerson-Brantingham ran into difficulties and was purchased by J.I. Case of Racine, Wisconsin in November of 1928.
(Pontiac Buggy Company became Oakland in 1907 but is not the same firm)
(Pontiac Spring and Wagon Works 1899-1908 - another unrelated firm)
When automotive finish pioneers Peter and Fred Ditzler came out with their Ditzler Color system in 1902, Pontiac Buggy were their first customers.
For more information please read:
Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society - 405 Oakland Ave, Pontiac, Michigan
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