The Big Car Database

Detroit Dearborn

The Detroit-Dearborn was an automobile manufactured in Dearborn, Michigan by the Detroit-Dearborn Motor Car Company.

It was incorporated in August 1909. The first car was completed in January 1910. The only two models produced were the Minerva, which was a touring torpedo, and the Nike, which was a roadster. As with many other automobile manufacturers, it was undercapitalized and went bankrupt in 1910 after producing 110 cars.

Officers of the company:

  • Edward Bland, President
  • Arthur E. Kiefer, Vice-President
  • Samuel D. Lapham, Treasurer
  • Elmer W. Foster, Secretary
  • Paul Arthur, Superintendent and Engineer


  • 112" wheelbase
  • price $1650.00 F.O.B. Dearborn, Michigan
  • 35 horsepower, four cylinders (cast in pairs); bore 4 1/8 inches, stroke 4 3/4 inches
  • 20-gallon gas tank capacity

The torpedo body was painted in Holland Blue, with cream striping for body, hood and frame. Springs and wheels were painted cream with blue striping. Body panels were made of 5/8" wood, doors were aluminum, and floor and running boards were made of solid oak.