Comet Automobile Company Records

Biographical / Historical Note

George W. Jagers, founder of the Comet Automobile Company, introduced his first model at the Chicago Automobile Show in 1917. Production of the vehicle began the following August in Decatur, Illinois. Initial sales of the 6-cylinder automobile were...

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George W. Jagers, founder of the Comet Automobile Company, introduced his first model at the Chicago Automobile Show in 1917. Production of the vehicle began the following August in Decatur, Illinois. Initial sales of the 6-cylinder automobile were modest but consistent.

In 1920, Comet received an order for 40 cars from Belgium and plans were made to go international. Construction was begun on a large, new factory with a 200-car-per-day capacity. But huge foreign orders never materialized and by December 1920 the company was in deep financial trouble. A smaller 4-cyclinder car was introduced in 1920 along with a viable financing/purchasing plan, but the company never produced after 1922. There were no bidders when the company was offered for sale late in 1922. Its assets were sold the following year.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains photographs, correspondence, business records, and clippings related to the company during the period 1918-1920.

Collection Details

Object ID: 92.1.1771.0
Creator: Comet Automobile Company 
Inclusive Dates: 1918-1920
Size: 0.4 cubic ft.
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

Access Restrictions: The records are open for research.

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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Vehicle Assembly Line, Comet Automobile Company, circa 1918

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Vehicle Assembly Line, Comet Automobile Company, circa 1918

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Photographic print

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92.1.1771.1

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Vehicle Assembly Line, Comet Automobile Company, circa 1918

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