American Automobiles American Automobiles American Automobiles

The Roamer Automobile & The Barley Motor Car Co.

1920s Chevrolet 1920s Chevrolet Collector Cars
Series 490 - Series D - Superior
Sedanette - Coach & Landau Sedan
1930s Chevrolet 1930s Chevrolet Antique Cars
Cabriolet - Master Series
Master Six Opera Coupe
1940s Chevrolet 1940s Chevrolet Vintage Cars
Sport Master - Special Deluxe
Stylemaster - Fleetmaster
1950s Chevrolet 1950s Chevrolet Classic Cars
Bel Air Two Door Hardtops
Deluxe Styleline - Fleetline
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

Click on image above to see full size!

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.

Find Antique Cars, Collector Cars, 1950s-1960s Classic Cars, 1960s-1970s
Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Street Rods and Vintage Military Vehicles!
1900-1929 Antique Cars For Sale
1930-1939 Antique Cars For Sale
1940-1949 Collector Cars For Sale

1950-1959 Classic Cars For Sale
1960s 1970s Muscle Car For Sale

Hot Rods & Rat Rods For Sale
Pro Street & Street Rods For Sale

Collectibles Automobilia For Sale
Vintage Auto Advertising For Sale

Auto Manuals & Literature For Sale
Auto Books & Manuals For Sale
Auto Brochures & Catalogs

1929 Studebaker
Find Auto Related Collectibles, Automobilia, Advertising, Auto Manuals,
Auto Books, Auto Brochures and Vintage Auto Literature For Sale!

Site Navigation

  • HOME - American Automobiles
  • A - Manufacturers
  • B - Manufacturers
  • C - Manufacturers
  • D - Manufacturers
  • E - Manufacturers
  • F - Manufacturers
  • G - Manufacturers
  • H - Manufacturers
  • I - Manufacturers
  • J - Manufacturers
  • K - Manufacturers
  • L - Manufacturers
  • M - Manufacturers
  • N - Manufacturers
  • O - Manufacturers
  • P - Manufacturers
  • Q - Manufacturers
  • R - Manufacturers
  • S - Manufacturers
  • T - Manufacturers
  • U - Manufacturers
  • V - Manufacturers
  • W - Manufacturers
  • X - Manufacturers
  • Y - Manufacturers
  • Z - Manufacturers
  • Electric Automobile Manufacturers
  • Steam Automobile Manufacturers
  • American Cyclecar Manufacturers
  • American Automobiles Automotive Articles

  • Fabulous Tail Fins of the 50s & 60s

    1964-1967 Pontiac GTO For Sale

    1968-1972 Pontiac GTO For Sale

    1921 Roamer Model 6-54 Landaulet
    1921 Roamer Model 6-54 Landaulet
    Click on image to see full size.
    This is a beautiful American Automobile!
  • Home | Site Map | Links | Privacy Policy

    This site is Copyright Farber and Associates, LLC 2009-2012, All Rights Reserved