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The Rider-Lewis Motor Car Co.
Muncie, IN

Rider-Lewis Motor Car Co.
Anderson. IN

Like many other American Automobiles the Rider-Lewis was a product of an investor and a automobile design engineer. In the case of the Rider-Lewis automobile the designer was Ralph Lewis and the money man was George D. Rider.

The Rider-Lewis Motor Car Co. was at first located only in Muncie, IN beginning in 1908. However in October 1909 they were enticed to relocate The Rider-Lewis Motor Car Co. to Anderson, IN in 1909. This company employed 175 autoworkers in Anderson, IN. By June 1910, the company was turning out four cylinder automobiles at the rate of 30 to 40 per week. The Rider-Lewis Company had been in operation only about a year before it met with serious financial problems and was in receivership. Newspaper accounts blamed the company's financial problems on heavy losses caused by a late start in the 1910 selling season and the demands for payment by a few insistent creditors.

1909 Rider-Lewis Magazine Ad
1909 Rider-Lewis Magazine Ad

While in business from 1908 to 1911 The Rider-Lewis Motor Car Co. produced "The Rider-Lewis Four" and "The Excellent Six"!  Features included a 100 inch wheelbase, shaft drive, 3 speed transmission, valve in head four and six cylinder engines and 32 inch x 3 1/2 inch wheels and tires.  Body types available in the Rider-Lewis line up included a five passenger Touring Car (shown below), a two passenger Roadster, a Limousine and a Tonneauette.

1909 Rider-Lewis Touring Car
1909 Rider-Lewis Touring Car

In 1911 The Rider-Lewis Motor Car Co. was sold to Henry Nyberg, a Swedish born Chicagoan who produced an American Automobile called the Nyberg. This new company was called The Nyberg Automobile Company and produced automobiles in Anderson, IN in 1913 and 1914.

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