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The Keeton Motor Co. Detroit, Michigan

By the end of 1910, Forest M. Keeton left the Croxton-Keeton Motor Car Co. to manufacture an American Automobile called the Keeton in Detroit, Michigan.

The Keeton was a big American Automobile that was similar in design to the "French Type" Croxton-Keeton of which Forest M. Keeton designed in 1909. The Keeton was described as "An European Type - At an American Price!"

1913 Keeton 4 Door Touring
1913 Keeton 4 Door Touring

The Keeten automobile answered every requirement of foreign design car at an American price. The 1913 Keeton models included a five passenger "Riverside" Touring Car completely equipped for $2,750.00, two passenger "Meadowbrook" Roadster for $2,750.00 and a Tuxedo Coupe priced at $3,000.00. By 1914 the Keeton line consisted of 3 more body styles.

1913 Keeton 6 Cylinder Four Door Touring Car
1913 Keeton 6 Cylinder Four Door Touring Car

The Keetons were equipped with a six cylinder engine that developed 48 horsepower. Features included electric starting, electric lighting, speedometer, clock, horn, mohair top, windshield, wire wheel, tools and auxillary seats. The Keeton had a dashboard radiator and a Renault type slanting hood.

1912 Keeton Factory at Wyandotte, MI
1912 Keeton Factory at Wyandotte, MI

In 1912 Forest M. Keeton purchased the Seitz Automobile and Transmission Company in Wyandotte, MI for the purpose of building Keeton six cylinder cars.

1914 Keeton Car-Nation Advertising
1914 Keeton Car-Nation Advertising

In January of 1914 the The Keeton Motor Co. was absorbed by the American-Voiturette Co. maker of the Car-Nation Cyclecar. However, by the end of 1914 the American-Voiturette Co. was bankrupt and in liquidation. Liquidators sold off 600 Car-Nation Cyclecars at $350.00 each and over 100 Keeton's at $1000.00 each in 1915. The Keeton's were a bargain as most had a list price of $3,000.00 to $4,000.00 each.

1914 Keeton 7 passenger Six-48 Touring Car
1914 Keeton 7 passenger Six-48 Touring Car
Manufactured by The American Voiturette Company Detroit, MI

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