Crow-Elkhart (automobile company)

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Crow-Elkhart Motor Company
Former typeAutomobile Manufacturing
IndustryAutomotive
Founded1909[1]
Defunct1924
HeadquartersElkhart, Indiana
 
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Crow-Elkhart Motor Company
Former typeAutomobile Manufacturing
IndustryAutomotive
Founded1909[1]
Defunct1924
HeadquartersElkhart, Indiana
Crow-Elkhart C-E 36 Touring

The Crow-Elkhart was an American automobile manufactured from 1909 until 1924 by the Crow-Elkhart Motor Company of Elkhart, Indiana[2] founded by Martin E. Crow.[3] The company manufactured both four and six cylinder models.[2] After World War I, Crow-Elkhart used Gray victory engines in some of its cars.[4]

In 1922, the company went into receivership, and on June 22, 1923, the companies assets were sold for $78,000.

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Models[3][edit]

YearEngineHPWheelbase
19114-cylinder25, 29, 32, 35, 38, 40109–120 in (2,769–3,048 mm)
Four(1912)4-cylinder20110 in (2,794 mm) [3]
19124-cylinder26,27,28114–18 in (2,896–457 mm)
19134-cylinder or 6-Cylinder33-60114–137 in (2,896–3,480 mm)
Four(1914-1915)4-cylinder26114 in (2,896 mm)
Four(1914-1915)4-cylinder29120 in (3,048 mm)
Six(1914-1915)6-cylinder34130 in (3,302 mm)
Model 30(1916)4-cylinder20112 in (2,845 mm)
Four(1917)4-cylinder20114 in (2,896 mm)
Model C-E-36(1918-1919)4-cylinder20115 in (2,921 mm)
Model L(1920-1923)4-cylinder34.9117 in (2,972 mm)
Model H(1920)6-cylinder57117 in (2,972 mm)
Model S(1921-1923)6-cylinder57117 in (2,972 mm)
Model C-65(1922-1923)4-cylinderN/AN/A
Model CS-65(1922-1963)6-cylinderN/AN/A

Black Crow[edit]

From 1909 to 1911, the Black Motor Company of Chicago, Illinois sold a rebadged Crow-Elkhart automobile as the "Black Crow".[3]

Advertisements[edit]

A 1917 Crow-Elkhart Advertisement - Syracuse Post-Standard, February 11, 1917

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Crow Elkhart Automobile & The Crow-Elkhart Motor Car Co". American-automobiles.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  2. ^ a b Wise, David Burgress (2000). The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Automobiles. Chartwell Books. ISBN 0-7858-1106-0. 
  3. ^ a b c d Kimes, Beverly (1996). standard catalog of American Cars 1805-1942. Krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4. 
  4. ^ http://gasengine.farmcollector.com/gas-engines/gray-marine-engines-history.aspx?page=2


This is a story about a Crow-Elkhart my Grandfather Art Wisbey told me. "I can remember my Dad's first car. I was just probably 5 or 6 years old (Grandpa was born in 1908) It was a "Crow-Elkhart" made in Elhart, Indiana. It was a "Crow". You never heard of one before and you'll never hear of one again unless I tell you. It's a "Crow Elkhart" and I'm going to tell you something about it. It's flywheel was out in the open, had no cover on it. The flywheel was on the engine, you know and it had a leather lined clutch, so when you drove it in the water and mud it got in the clutch. Wasn't covered up. Then it got dried out in that leather. you get in (the car), get ready to go somewhere, put it in gear, let out on the clutch, and you'd just bust an axle that quick. So you'd leave it there until you ordered a new axle from Elkhart, Indiana, and you busted axles like you'd break a match stick. That was about 1912 or '13."