What happened to the owners of the many defunct car companies? Not something I had thought about, until coming across this man, A. (Alfred) O. Dunk.
Apparently, Mr. Dunk recognized the need for parts when automakers closed their doors, and he became possibly the first auto company "corporate raider", buying out of business car company inventory, machinery and buildings:
from the AACA forum:
One of the many companies Dunk purchased inventory from, Aerocar, founded by former Ford investor A. Y. Malcomson:
Photograph of Henry Ford, signed to "A. O. Dunk'" 1927:
Mrs. Dunk was no shrinking violet either. According to this article, she was possibly the first woman to hold a food safety regulatory position as "Deputy Food Inspector of Detroit:"
And the reason for finding Mr. Dunk? Of the over one hundred cars he reported owning by 1927, a "six cylinder Ford:"