Leader Manufacturing Company
Leader Manufacturing Company , previously Columbia Electric Company , was an American manufacturer of automobiles .
The Columbia Electric Company was based in McCordsville , Indiana . It made phones . 1905 began the production of automobiles. The brand name was Leader .In 1907, the company changed its name to Leader Manufacturing Company and relocated to Knightstown , Indiana. Luther Frost was the driving force for the automotive industry. Due to health problems he had to leave about 1911 the company. It was dissolved in mid-1912.
1905 there was only the Model B . A two-cylinder engine with 16 hp power powered the vehicles. The chassis had 213 cm wheelbase . The setup was a runabout .In 1906, this model remained unchanged in the program. In addition came a model B of the same name , which was a bit more powerful with 18 hp, and had the same wheelbase as a touring car .
Between 1907 and 1909, three models were in the range. The weaker Model B continued to exist. Model C had the same engine, but 229 cm wheelbase and offered as a touring car space for four people. The Model D corresponded to the latter model with on the 20-horsepower engine.
In 1910 it became the Model E with 249 cm wheelbase. New was the model L-30 with a four-cylinder engine , which was specified with 30/35 hp. The wheelbase of 272 cm allowed the construction as a five -seater touring car.In 1911, only the model R-35 was available. The four-cylinder engine made 40 hp. The wheelbase was 295 cm. There was a demi tonneau with four seats and a touring car with five seats.
1912 received this model a smaller engine, which was specified again with 30/35 HP. The only setup was a semi- torpedo . New was the Model 40 . That was an indication of the engine power of 40 hp of the four-cylinder engine. The wheelbase measured 315 cm. The construction was a touring car with four doors.
|year||model||cylinder||Power ( PS )||Wheelbase (cm)||construction|
|1906||Model B||2||18||213||Touring car|
|1907-1909||Model C||2||16||229||Touring car 4-seater|
|1907-1909||Model D||2||20||229||Touring car 4-seater|
|1910||Model E||2||20||249||Touring car 4-seater|
|1910||Model L-30||4||30/35||272||Touring car 5-seater|
|1911||Model R-35||4||40||295||Demi torpedo 4-seater, touring car 5-seater|
|1912||Model 40||4||40||315||Four-door touring car|