Friedman Automobile Co. (Ideal Motor Vehicle Company)
Ideal Motor Vehicle Company , previously Friedman Automobile Company , was an American manufacturer of automobiles in the early 1900s .
The florist Oscar J. Friedman and his friend Walter W. Robinson bought the Sterling Cycle Works and experimented with motor vehicles . In 1899 a tricycle was finished with a petrol engine . Then they founded the Friedman Automobile Company in Chicago , Illinois . They planned the production of automobiles and airships . The latter remained a dream. The partners realized that they alone were unable to produce a larger number of vehicles in their factory. In 1902 they commissioned the National Sewing Machine Company with the production of 525 vehicles. The brand name was Friedman, The National Sewing Machine Company could not supply enough vehicles. In April 1903 Friedman sued for $ 100,000 in damages .
The vehicles of 1900 and 1901 were tricycles. A two-cylinder engine with 3 hp power drove them.
The vehicles from 1902 to 1903 had four wheels. They also had a two-cylinder engine, which, however, made 6 hp. An illustration shows an open runabout with room for two people. It was steered with a steering lever.
Then Friedman and Robinson looked for their own work. Around that time, they changed the name to Ideal Motor Vehicle Company and the brand name in Ideal . Still 1903 ended the production.
There were several US manufacturers of passenger cars of the brand Ideal: Ideal Automobile Manufacturing Company , Richmond & Holmes Company , B. & P. Company , Ideal Motor Vehicle Company, Ideal runabout Manufacturing Company , Bethlehem Automobile Company , Ideal Electric Vehicle Company , Ideal Shop and Bethlehem Motor Truck Company .
Automotive manufacturer of Chicago , Illinois .United States from 1900 to 1903.