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Topics:  Frontenac, Louis Chevrolet, Allan Ryan


The New York Times
January 9, 1922

With W. M. Thompson, Stutz President, They Will Develop the Frontenac Car.

It was learned here last night that Allan Ryan and William M. Thompson, President of the Stutz Motor Car Company, have associated themselves with Louis Chevrolet in the development of the Frontenac motor car, a product of Chevrolet's racing experience, which hitherto has been manufactured for racing purposes only at Indianapolis. The ICA was incorporated under the laws of Delaware on last Friday, with a capital of $1,000,000.

It was not learned last night whether the factory of the latest automobile company would be located in Indianapolis or Detroit, but both were mentioned as likely sites. It was said that the new Frontenac wouldba a high-powered car, fowllowing Chevrolet's design and the traditions of the stuz. It was denied, however, that the Frontenac would be made at the Stutz plant

While persons informed of the affairs of the new company were reluctant to state to what extent Allan Ryan was interested in the venture, it was pointed out that he is a heavy owner of Stutz stock and, with Mr. Thompson, had backed the Frontenac. The officers of the new company, it was said, would be named at a later date. It was thought probable that Mr. Thompson would be chosen Preident.

The Frontenac, as a racing car, won the 500-mile race over the Indianapolis couse in 1920 and 1921. The new or qanization plans to turn out these cars in quantity.

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