Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Auto Discovery: Alter Motors of Plymouth, Michigan

The other day I was wandering around the side streets of Plymouth, Michigan and discovered an old factory with historical markers out front... “In the early 1900s, here in Plymouth, the Alter Motor Company was formed in 1914 to produce a car that was designed by Clarence Alter, a nineteen year old from Wisconsin. The car was a lightweight, six-cylinder, five-passenger touring car that sold for $685.000. The company employed 100 men and turned out 25 cars a day. But this was not enough to compete with the mass production of its larger competitors, and Alter went out of business in 1917.” You Auto Know


Heather Connor said...

I've lived in Plymouth for seven years and I still learn something new about this town every day. It has a long, interesting history. Thank you for this post.

Tim Chilcote said...

You're welcome, and thanks for reading. So as a Plymouth expert, do you have any hidden gems you could recommend?