OT - Three interesting men and their Ford dealership in Pittsburgh

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Eastern Nebraska on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 09:00 am:

I found these three men with diverse backgrounds and unlikely partners to be interesting.

T. F. Dunn worked for the Pittsburgh Pierce Arrow dealer, driving a Pierce in two Glidden Tours, 1906 and 1907:




Dunn, who would later own dealerships for several upscale automobiles, partnered with William "Billy" Badger to open a Ford dealership in Pittsburgh and service western PA in late 1907. Bill Badger was a 21 year old well to do young man, who had a penchant for fast cars, hot air balloons and eventually, aircraft:


The two partners would add a nationally famous personality to their team, and open a new Pittsburgh Ford dealership.

More to follow......


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Eastern Nebraska on Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 08:44 am:

T. F. Dunn and Bill Badger joined forces and started a new Ford dealership in Pittsburgh with a western Pennsylvania sales area. This December 8, 1907 news article announced the new "Crescent Auto Co." The article also mentions the new 20 hp light Ford the new partners expect to soon offer:



Also on the same page was a photo of one of the first cars the dealership had to offer:



We know this is one of the fledgling delaership's first cars because the sales ledger from Ford still exists for Crescent Auto Co., (Acc. 365, THF, all rights apply). The first two cars sent the agency were Model K Roadster #856 pictured above and two Model S, #609 and #543, entry dated Nov. 26, 1907:



Soon, a nationally known figure joins Crescent Auto.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Eastern Nebraska on Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 09:23 am:

Meanwhile, Crescent Auto president Billie Badger is at FMC in February 1908. He reports the new 20 h.p. touring car is progressing, and expects a demonstrator in the next few weeks......


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