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Roamer
Barley Motor Car Co.
Streator, IL
1916-1917

Barley Motor Car Co.
Kalamazoo, MI
1917-1929

The Roamer was an American Automobile manufactured in Streator, IL and Kalamazoo, MI by Albert C. Barley. In 1913 Albert C. Barley acquired the Streator Motor Car Co. maker of the Halladay.

Barley reorganized the Streator Motor Co. into the Barley Manufacturing Co. and continued production of the Halladay. In 1916 he sold Halladay to a group of businessmen who moved production to Ohio.

Albert C. Barley then teamed up with Cloyd Y. Kenworthy, a New York auto dealer and Karl H. Martin, a New York custom car builder who designed the Roamer. These three men formed The Barley Motor Car Co. in 1916. The Roamer was an assembled car with a radiator closely resembling a Rolls-Royce. Roamers were produced in Streator, IL in 1916 and 1917. Barley then moved the Barley Motor Car Co. to Kalamazoo, MI. The report that some Roamer's were built in Streater, IL can be backed up with the magazine ad below.

1916-1917 Roamer Magazine Ad
1916-1917 Roamer Magazine Ad
Barkley Motor Car Company
Streator, IL
1917 Roamer Magazine Ad
1917 Roamer Magazine Ad
Barkley Motor Car Company
Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Early Roamers were equipped with Rutenber six cylinder engines or a more powerful and more expensive line of four cylinder Rochester-Duesenberg engines. Roamers were known as "America's Smartest Car".

Restored 1920 Roamer Roadster
Restored 1920 Roamer Roadster

In 1917 The Barley Motor Car Co. produced a Roamer 6-45 at $1850.00 and a Roamer 6-90 at $2950.00

In 1919 The Barley Motor Car Co. produced a seven passenger Touring Car, four passenger Touring Car, four passenger Sport Model, 2-4 passenger Roadster, Cabriolet, Town Car, Touring Sedan, Standard Sedan all selling for 2575.00 to $2750.00. Equipped with a six cylinder 34 horsepower engine.

In 1922 The Barley Motor Car Co. produced a four passenger Touring Car $2485.00, four passenger Sport Model $2650.00, seven passenger Touring Car $2750.00, three passenger Cabriolet $3650, five passenger Coupe $3850.00, five passenger Sedan $3950.00 and a seven passenger Sedan. Equipped with a six cylinder 30 horsepower engine.

1910 Brush Automobile Magazine Ad
1920 Roamer Magazine Ad
"America's Smartest Car"

Roamer production peaked in 1923 with nearly 2000 car produced. However, by 1929 Roamer production dropped to small numbers and The Barley Motor Car Co. went out of business. Total Roamer production is estimated to be about 12,000 units during the 14 year that The Barley Motor Car Co. was in business.

Albert C. Barley also produced a lower priced line called the Barley starting in 1922 ending in 1924.

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