OS Geneva (Schoeneck Company)
Automotive manufacturer of Chicago Illinois United States from 1914 to 1917.
The Owen-Schoeneck Company in Chicago ( Illinois ) and later its successor Schoeneck Company in Harvey (Illinois) was a short-lived American automakers in the 1910s. The vehicles were under the brand name OS and Geneva.
The Owen-Schoeneck Company was founded in 1914 by John L. Owen and George Schoeneck to operate car trading and manufacturing. The OS called Car was an Assembled car. Chief Engineer was Schoeneck, who had driven a few races in 1910 and worked for Renault in France and Palmer-Singer in Long Island City ( New York ).
The four-cylinder engine of the conventionally built, just as Touring available OS provided Herschell-Spillman . The OS cost $ 2350 so this was therefore classified as an entry-level model in the upper class. Owen-Schoenbeck did not operate a network of agents and sold his cars "directly from the factory" to end consumers. Plans to build a factory collapsed and in late 1915 Owen left the company.
The following year 1916, Forrest U. Alvin bought in as a partner; he had previously headed the New Era Engineering Company , which had produced an unsuccessful small car of the same name. With the fresh capital, the company funded new production capacity in Harvey . By 1917 ended production.
Schoeneck had meanwhile developed a new six-cylinder model . The engine came again from Herschell-Spillman, gearbox and clutch from Brown-Lipe and the axles from Timken . It no longer appeared as an OS , but under the new brand Geneva . Whether that was helpful, is doubtful, there were several car brands of the same name. The expensive price of $2350 for the OS was also held for the more exclusive Geneva.
There were no links to the other US manufacturers of Geneva passenger cars:
Geneva Automobile & Manufacturing Company , Geneva Auto Specialty & Repair Company and Geneva Wagon Company .