A myriad of early engine companies were born in Lansing, Michigan.
Ransom E. Olds founded Olds Motor Vehicle Co. in 1897 and REO Motor Car Co. in 1905, setting up Lansing as the auto capital of the world.
Illustration by Gas Engine Magazine staff
Bates & Edmonds Motor Co. manufactured thousands of engines and sold them through other companies that renamed them, like this 2-1/2 HP 1918 A. R. Williams Bulldog engine.
Photo courtesy Dennis Rouleau
Ads for the Clarkmobile said the 7 HP engine had a 5-inch bore, with spur-style valve gears encased and run in an oil bath. The carburetor was said to be of a special design that allowed the car to go from 5 to 30 miles an hour without changing the gear.
Illlustration by Gas Engine Magazine staff
Joe Kopp with his rare 1908 2 HP Peerless engine, built by the Peerless Motor Co. of Lansing.
Photo courtesy Joe Kopp
In this 1913 ad, New Way engines are advertised to work with light tractors, cement mixers and other machinery.
Illustration courtesy Gas Engine Magazine staff
Workers doing their business in the New Way Motor Co. plant in Lansing, circa 1915.
Photo courtesy Gas Engine magazine staff
This 1-3/4 HP United engine was made by United Engine Company of Lansing, and belongs to Glenn Hoffman.