Bentel (Theodore F. Bentel Company)
Automotive manufacturer of Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania United States of America from 1900 to 1901.
Theodore F. Bentel Company was an American manufacturer of automobiles in the early part of the 20th century.
The Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania company traded bicycles . In 1900, considerations began to produce steam cars , which led to a first prototype in the same year .
In early 1901, Theodore F. Bentel, his wife Annie T. Bentel, Thomas J. Jones and Lillie B. Jones founded their own department within the company. They made some steam cars, which were distributed as Bentel . In 1901 the production ended.
A steam engine powered the vehicles. The wagons were particularly suited to the bad roads and steep mountains in western Pennsylvania.
There was no connection to Bentel from California , who used the same brand name.