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The Okey Motor Car Co.
Columbus, Ohio

The Okey Motor Car Co. succeeded The Okey Auto Company in Columbus, Ohio. The company was owned and operated by Perry Okey (1873-1963) who at the age of only 32 was a through manufacturing machine designer, machinist and tool maker.

Shown below is Perry Okey's his first experimental horseless carriage built in 1898. Only one was made.

In 1894 Okey designed and built from his own drawings a water cooled single cylinder four cycle engine. This engine had a 2 1/2 inch bore and a 3 inch stroke, jump spark ignition using a spark plug invented by Mr. Oakley. Okey then tinkered in his garage for about four years and was the first man in Columbus, Ohio to build an American Automobile.

1898 Okey Runabout
1898 Okey Two Passenger Runabout - Perry Okey Driving

He then designed and built a new engine that was a 2 cycle water cooled single cylinder engine and fitted it to a tricycle. This Automobile had two bicycle type wheels on the rear and one in the front. Only one was made and it was similar to the Knox Tricycle built by the Knox Automobile Co. of Springfield, MA.

1898 Okey Runabout
1904 Okey Runabout

The Okey Motor Car Co. first marketed automobiles in 1904. Nine different models were made up to 1908. The company president was C. M. Crittenden, H. T. Stewart was Vice-President, F. R. Shinn, Treas., H. E. Walton, Sec. and Gen. Mgr. Perry Okey was chief designer.

1898 Okey Runabout
1905 Okey Two Passenger Runabout - Perry Okey Driving

In 1905 Perry Okey built a water cooled three cylinder four cycle engine with a 4 inch bore and a 6 inch stroke. This new engine had valves mechanically operated in the head. The engine had a carburetor designed by Okey. The carburetor had a annular float, needle valve regulation and an automatic supplementary air intake valve between the carburetor and the motor.

1898 Okey Runabout
1905 Okey Three Cylinder Engine

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