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The Bimel Automobile Co.
Sidney, Ohio
1916-1917

In 1854 Lorenzo Bimel formed The Bimel Buggy Co. in Sidney, Ohio to manufacture carriages. Failure ensued after a few years and Bimel moved his carriage business to St. Mary, Ohio. In 1887 William Bimel, son of Lorenzo Bimel moved The Bimel Buggy Co. back to Sidney, Ohio strictly for the purpose of carriage making.

By 1904 The Bimel Buggy Co. failed again, William Bimel resigned and the carriage company was recognized. In 1914 a group of Sidney, Ohio investors purchased the assets of The Bimel Buggy Co. and formed the Bimel Spoke and Auto Works to manufacture auto parts. With A. C. Noble as president and T. M. Miller general manager and treasurer this company opened in February of 1915. These two business men later in 1915 decided to manufacture automobiles when the Elco 30 became available. Originally, the Elco was to have been built in Elwood Indian by the Elwood Iron Works. The Elwood Iron Works went bankrupt August 14, 1915 before Elco production began. The Elco 30 began production by The Bimel Buggy Co. in late 1915 and on February 17, 1916 this company was reorganized into the Bimel Automobile Company. The Bimel Automobile Co. survived only about one year and went into a receivership by early 1917. The Elco was sometimes called the Bimel.

1916 Elco Touring Car
1916 Elco Touring Car

A 68 inch wheelbase Model B Runabout and a 102 inch wheelbase Model C Touring Car were produced. The 1916 Elco Touring Car shown above was equipped with a water cooled Davis four cylinder engine that developed 30 horsepower and sold for $585.00. This engine was a L Head type with a three inch bore and four inch stroke, ignition is a generator battery system, Atwater Kent distributor, Zephyr carburetor, Disco electric generator and a Pumpelly battery. The transmission is a selective sliding gear construction with three forward and reverse. Final drive is by shaft to a standard rear axle.

The body is a handsome streamline type with a top. Other features include a windshield of the clear vision type, two electric head lights fitted with a dimmer, tail lights, electric horn, 30 inches x 3 1/2 inch artillery type wheels and tires.

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