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The Columbus Buggy Co.
Columbus, Ohio

Clinton Firestone and George & Oscar Peters formed the Iron Buggy Co. in the early 1870s to produce low cost buggies. The firm was successful, but Firestone and the Peters brothers sold the company in 1875 and formed the Columbus Buggy Company.

The Columbus Buggy Company grew to become one of the nations largest buggy manufacturers.

1870s Iron Buggy Co. Factory
1870s Iron Buggy Co. Factory

In 1907 The Columbus Buggy Company got into the Automobile manufacturing business. The Firestone-Columbus shown below was made in 1907 and 1908 was a two cylinder gasoline powered high wheeler buggy which sold for $750.00. For the next few years the company offered the Firestone-Columbus gasoline automobiles and the Columbus Electric Vehicles.

1908 Firestone Columbus High Wheeler
1908 Firestone Columbus High Wheeler

For the 1909-1911 production years The Columbus Buggy Company produced a Firestone-Columbus Model 76-A "Mechanical Greyhound" four passenger Touring Car. Advertising claims included the phase "It's a veritable four passenger Fly-About and by its many superior qualities has made a class for itself".

1910 Firestone-Columbus Touring Car
1910 Firestone-Columbus Touring Car

Shown below is a 1911 Firestone Columbus Model 74-C two passenger Torpedo Roadster. This Graceful Mechanical Greyhound Roadster was equipped with a four cylinder 26 horsepower engine. Features include 106 inch wheelbase, left hand steering, shock absorbers and 32 inch x 3 1/2 inch wheels and tires. Also in this advertisement is the 1911 Firestone-Columbus Model 86-C five passenger Touring Car.

1911 Firestone-Columbus Torpedo Roadster and Touring Car
1911 Firestone-Columbus Torpedo Roadster and Touring Car

In the vintage image below, Eddie Rickenbacker (an American fighter ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient) is driving William Jennings Bryan (Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in 1896, 1900 and 1908) in a Firestone-Columbus Touring Car in Abilene, Texas. Rickenbacker was working for Columbus Buggy Company at the time as chief test driver. Both Edward V. Rickenbacker and Harvey S. Firestone (founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company) got their early business experience while working at the Columbus Buggy Company, before moving on to other ventures.

1909 Firestone-Columbus Touring Car
1909 Firestone-Columbus Touring Car

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