Car Manufacturer Profiles

You know the names, but you may not the history behind some of the biggest automobile makers out there. Learn about the good, the bad and the ugly on car manufacturers.

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How Nash Cars Work

Charles Nash believed in offering innovative cars at a fair price. He bought the Thomas B. Jeffery Company and renamed it Nash Motors. Read about the history and vehicles of the Nash car company in this article.

How Marmon Cars Work

Howard Marmon set out to build the perfect automobile, but was cut short by the Depression. The Marmon HCM Prototype was one of the models that never saw production. Learn about Marmon's near miss with automotive perfection.

How Muntz Cars Work

The Muntz Jet was built on the dream of a man known as Earl "Madman" Muntz. Learn about Muntz and find out why a one-shot car by a small company ultimately couldn't compete with established automakers.

How Pierce-Arrow Cars Work

Pierce-Arrow, born of a bicycle company, quickly earned a reputation for extravagant luxury cars. It was one of the fabled ‘’three Ps’’ of U.S. automotive royalty. Learn how this led to both success and failure.

How Crosley Cars Work

Crosley cars created unique models from the sporty Hotshot to the handy FarmORoad. Founder Powel Crosley, Jr. entered the auto industry in 1939. Read about the history of the now-defunct Crosley company.

How Edsel Cars Work

Edsel was formed by Ford to match GM model-for-model, but by the time Edsel debuted the entire market was depressed and the medium-price segment had shriveled from 25 to 18 percent. Learn how and what it meant for Edsel.

How Essex Cars Work

Essex manufactured cars for Hudson that were actually so well-received the name was dropped from common use. Find out why and how the Essex helped turn Hudson around.

How Franklin Cars Work

Franklin set itself apart from other automakers by using air-cooled engines and lightweight aluminum parts. Franklin was ahead of the industry by selling more sedans than open cars before 1920. Learn more about Franklin cars.

How Frazer Cars Work

Frazer made genuinely new post-war cars, while most automakers released redesigned prewar models. They looked good, very clean, with modest horizontal grilles, and little decorative chrome or sculptured sheet metal. Learn how this helped Frazer get started.

How Graham Cars Work

The Graham brothers originally built trucks for Dodge before buying their own company. The Grahams prospered with cars as quickly as they had with trucks. Learn how they went on to produce classic if ill-fated cars.