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Rodgers & Co.
Columbus, Ohio
1903-1904

Rodgers and Company of Columbus, Ohio manufactured several models of the Imperial in 1903 and 1904. The Imperial was an American automobiles that was also known as Columbus or Rodgers.

One unusual feature of this Imperial was that the steering column was hinged for ease of entrance to the driver's seat.

The Imperial was equipped with a air cooled double opposed engine mounted under the hood. It had a chainless bevel gear drive and sliding gear transmission. The Imperial was capable of 50 to 75 miles per hour. This American Automobile was riding on thirty inch in diameter Midgley steel wheels and three inch Goodrich clincher tires. The car had two brakes, one hand brake on the drive shaft and the other a double expanding brake acting on the directly on the hubs of the rear wheels.

1903 Imperial - Columbus Gas Runabout
1903 Imperial - Columbus Gas Runabout

The 1903 and 1904 Columbus, Ohio made Imperials were produced in four different models. A Model A Open Runabout, Model B Runabout furnished with a falling top or doctor's top, Model C Delivery Wagon and a Model D full glass Doctor's car.

1903 Imperial - Rodgers & Company
1903 Imperial - Rodgers Company

Imperial advertising claims made include "Imperial Gasoline Automobiles Are Always Ready" and "The Hottest Days of Summer and the Coldest Days of Winter".

1904 Imperial Model A
1904 Imperial Model A

The name Imperial was used by several American Automobile manufacturers. In 1903 and 1904 an Imperial was produced by the Rodgers & Co. in Columbus, Ohio. In 1906 and 1907 another Imperial was built in Williamsport, PA by The Imperial Motor Car Co. Another Imperial was produced by The Imperial Automobile Co. from 1907 to 1916 in Jackson, Michigan. Chrysler started in 1926 and the Chrysler Imperial became a distinct make in 1955 and continued till 1975.

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