From 1896 to 1932, Cleveland was a driving force in automotive production.
Winton Motor Carriage Co.
Originally a bicycle maker, Alexander Winton built his first automobile — and the city's first — in 1896. Winton Motor debuted this improved 23 mph, tiller-steered Phaeton in 1899.
White Motor Co.
White designed a safer semi-flash boiler for steam cars. The autos were so sought-after that the White was the first car at the White House and was used in one of the first attempts to motorize the Army.
Baker Motor Vehicle Co.
One of the most famous electric car companies, Baker boldly printed ads for around-town models — such as this easy-to-start, cleaner WB Roadster — with women at the wheel.
Chandler Motor Car Co.
At only $1,295, this gasoline-powered touring car was the lowest priced six-cylinder car at the time. By 1916, Chandler produced 15,000 cars, making it the largest automobile manufacturer in Cleveland that year.
Jordan Motor Car Co.
Advertising executive Ned Jordan focused on sex appeal in ads, being an innovator in selling the lifestyle of the car. This Jordan Speedboy was reportedly produced as a wedding present for Jordan's daughter, Jane.
Peerless Motor Car Co.
Made entirely of aluminum, this high-end sedan prototype weighed only 4,000 pounds. The last vehicle Peerless ever built — and the last car made by a Cleveland manufacturer — never hit the market.