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The Marquette Motor Co.
Saginaw, Michigan

The Marquette succeded both the Rainier (1905-1911) and the Welch-Detroit (1903-1911). The Rainier (Saginaw, MI) and Welch (Detroit, MI) were two American Automobile company's that were purchased by William C. Durant for the rapidly expanding General Motors in 1911.

However, Durant soon found that the Rainier and Welsh were not viable. Machinery from the Welsh-Detroit plant in Detroit were transfered to the Rainier factory in Saginaw, Michigan. Both the Rainier and Welch automobiles were droped in favor of the Marquette. The Marquette was the first automobile to orginate at General Motors.

1912 Marquette Touring Car
1912 Marquette Seven Passenger Touring Car

The new Marquette was offered in five different models, two distinct chasses and was priced at $3,000 to $4,000. Four cylinder T-head engines rated at 40 and 45 horsepower used in the Marquette. The larger 45 horsepower engine was used in the seven passenger Touring Car shown above.

Marquette Five Passenger Touring Car
1912 Marquette Five Passenger Touring Car

Mid year of 1912 The Marquette Motor Co. changed its name to The Peninsular Motor Company. The Marquette should have had a strong appeal to the motoring public due to the advantage of strong features of design and construction of two already well known American Automobiles, the Rainier and Welch. However the Marquette only lasted one year. The Marquette name was revived in 1929 as a companion automobile to the Buick.

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