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Two typed letters on Gray Motor Company Letterhad, "Manufacturers of Gasoline and Kerosene Engines Marine and Stationery Types,: plus one automotive name plate "Gray Motor Corporation Detroit." Detroit, April 15, 1918 and July 10, 1919, name plate undate

Stationery is 11x8.5, printed by Cadillac Litho, letterhead shows two different types of engines. Fold creases, light toning, wear and soiling, tiny tears, lower tip of one corner lacking else both letters good, one is signed by the manager of marine sales, a Mr. Snell (sp?) and the other by a Mr. Tremblay from the auditing dept. The Gray name plate is shield shaped, approx. 2 x 3, "Gray Motor Corporation Detroit" is in blue enamel on front, well worn, scratched, some of the enamel is worn off, looks like there might have been a red trim along the sides, reverse is rusted with abrasions. Letters are to the Cartier Auto Company of Ludington, Mich. The 1918 letter is regarding an invoice for the Electric Starting Battery System and the 1919 letter is regarding the Leece-Neville Instruction Book and instructions for the Stewart Carburetor and wiring diagram for the Kingston Magneto plus part recommendations. The Gray Marine Motor Corp. was founded in 1905 by Ora Mulford (whose name appears on the letterheads), a marine engine designer with the financial backing of David Gray, son of John S. Gray. It became the Gray Motor Corporation in 1920 when the focus shifted to automobile production. In 1921, Frank L. Klingensmith, former vice president and treasurer of Ford Motor Company, became its president. The Gray automobiles competed directly with the Model T and weren't as successful as the Ford product and sold fewer cars. Klingensmith resigned in 1924 and Gray Motor Company went out of business in 1926. The plant was located on Mack at the Detroit Terminal Railway, not far from Alter Road. A nice bit of early automotive history. The three items are sold as a group only.

Book Id: 98-0973

Price: $95.00

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