Rock Hill Body Co. - Rock Hill Buggy Co. - 1892-present - Rock Hill, South Carolina
Rock Hill Body Co. Rock Hill, South Carolina 1920s? - present – beverage trucks, bus bodies, van bodies, furniture bodies, tank trucks, bookmobiles (1940s-1950s)
Started originally in 1889 as the Holler & Anderson Buggy Co., a division of the A.D. Holler's Furniture Store. By 1892 its was renamed the Rock Hill Buggy Co.
ANDERSON - Rock Hill, South Carolina - (1916-1925) - "A Little Bit Higher in Price, but Made in Dixie!" was a slogan of the company and a succinct summation of the marque. The Anderson was among the best built, and the most successful and long-lived, of all the cars built in the South. Its origins dated back to 1889 when the Holler and Anderson Buggy Company was established in the back of a furniture store in Rock Hill. The furniture store belonged to the Holler family, and John Gary Anderson had married one of the Holler girls. Initially repair and rebuilding of carriages and wagons occupied the firm but by the turn of the century, the Rock Hill Buggy Company was founded for the manufacture of horse drawn vehicles. And Rock Hill was the name given to the company's first automotive effort, a toy tonneau produced in 1910 that was not successful, the company returning exclusively to its horsedrawn business for the next two years. In 1913, however, a line of commercial bodies for horseless vehicles (adaptable especially to the Model T Ford) was introduced and by 1916 John Gary Anderson believed himself ready to give the automobile industry another try. He imported Joseph Anglada from New York City as his chief engineer. Anglada was available because the cyclecar he had designed in 1914 called the Liberty had failed within a year. He would be much more successful with the Anderson, which he designee as a typical assembled car (Continental six-cylinder engine) but an especial) good one. What Anderson added was the coachwork, and it was exemplary in quality of finish and the quite unusual array of color combinations offered during this generally drab era in the industry. The Anderson automobile was announced in March of 1916, and the Anderson Motor Company was incorporated that December. Initial acceptance of the car was excellent, and profitable government contracts helped the company ride out the difficult war years. In 1920 Anderson had its best year thus far, 1,180 units produced; in 1923 it surpassed that will an output of 1,875 cars. A new offering during the latter year was the Model 41 "Coachbilt (sic) Anderson Aluminum Six," base priced at $1,195, which the company advertised as the world's lowest-priced aluminum-bodied car. Anderson faltered thereafter. Too many special or gimmicky bodies during the firm's later years were among the problems. Engine failures in the Model 41 and the oppressive competition being dealt out by the Model T were further contributing factors. A factory fire in 1924 resulted in $40,000 in damages and 2 damaging production shutdown. In September 1925, after a lifetime production of 10,000+ cars, the company breathed its last.
Rock Hill Body Co Date:1930 Factory Letter, Shows Bus (also seen 1930s part color catalog)
Builder's Name: Rock Hill Body Company
Category: Commercial truck bodies
Location: Rock Hill Body Company
Source of Info: RHBC 8x10 photo
Your Name: Tom Gibson
I'll also be able to provide much more info on RHBC, as I'm about to acquire a Chevy Bookmobile bodied by them.
Their slogan was "Built to Endure"
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