The Marmon Motor Car Co., famous for building the car that won the first Indianapolis 500, is formed on Feb. 2, 1926, from the Nordyke and Marmon Co.
Billed as a "A Mechanical Masterpiece" in early advertising, a Marmon competed with Cadillac, Packard, Lincoln, and Pierce-Arrow for luxury buyers. They were widely recognized for speed, solid engineering, advance materials and durability.
Marmon, like many other auto companies, faced hard times during the Great Depression and was forced into receivership in May 1933.
The Marmon Motor Car Co. traced its roots and early operations to Richmond, Ind., where in 1851 it started out as a manufacturer of millstones. Nordyke and Marmon Co. was founded by Daniel Marmon and Addison Nordyke. The company moved to Indianapolis in the 1870s where it became one of the world's top makers of milling machinery.