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History Anyone know anything about the McDonald Car Company?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Roothawg, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Roothawg
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    I have a guy at work that is researching a car company called "The McDonald Car company, that was a short lived production somewhere in the 20's. I figured that someone on here would know.

    Thanks
     
  2. Pretty sure they got in to burgers or something?

    Sorry, couldn't help it.
     
  3. There is a McDonald company listed in my "list of cars made", but it does not give the year(s) it was made. You might check with this group, the A.A.C.A. (Antique Automobile Club of America).

    http://forums.aaca.org/
     
  4. arkiehotrods
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  5. the-rodster
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    Yep, very rare.....

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Big Dad
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    Yah, that was started by some clown .. ran it right out of business

    Last I heard, he is flipping burgers










    :D
     
  7. arkiehotrods
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    If you do a google search, you'll find a number of MacDonald dealer brochures from the era
     
  8. Roothawg
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    Thanks, I googled it and really didn't see much. I'll pass it on to him.
     
  9. Early cars sold well to circuses, who economized by cramming as many midget clowns into one as possible. Never gained much traction among consumers, though. As they were popular with circus performers, they were never taken very seriously, and eventually were laughed out of business.

    Sorry, couldn't resist!
     
  10. Goofy looking cars, not so for the CEO.

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  11. gnichols
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    It didn't sell well, lots of promises, few were delivered. The whole deal was a Kroc. Gary
     
  12. Your confusing it with the new McDonald. The old McDonald had a farm.

    WTF did I just write? Okay, time for bed.
     
  13. moefuzz
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    I wonder how many french fries are stuck down between the seats??



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  14. Energy
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    Although the McDonald Car Company didn't last long, they did have two basic models.

    The standard was a small coupe with a 110 cid flathead 4 cyl. At the time, these were very popular with mistresses and kept women, and were unofficially known as "floozymobiles".

    The deluxe model was a 4 dr phaeton with a flathead 175 cid 6 cylinder. Despite strenuous efforts by the factory to combat it, the phaeton was widely known as "the big mac".

    This reception by the public may have contributed to the early demise of what was otherwise a rather tasty car.

    :rolleyes:
     
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  15. 1950ChevySuburban
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    Get one to run on biodiesel, with the french-fry exhaust odor
     
  16. Roothawg
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    You guys are funny.........well sort of.
     

  17. Excellent!
     
  18. 201
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    Try the Crawford car museum in Cleveland, Ohio. If the company was in Ohio, they should have info on it.
     
  19. Just found a book that shows a MacDonald auto was made from 1920-1923 and a McDonald auto was made in 1923....two totally different companies.
     
  20. 6t5frlane
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    My Dad who is 92 says he knew Old man Mcdonald. Lived on a farm......
     
  21. noboD
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    The 1920-23 Macdonald steam car was from Garfield, Ohio or was it Eieio?
     
  22. Are you kidding, It seems there were well over a Million Served, but the factory collapsed when the Golden Archway mysteriously fell ..... The Camburgler was suspected
     
  23. VOODOO ROD & CUSTOM
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    DAMN, I thought that Winter was getting to me !!!!!

    You guys are spent.

    Sweet Dreams.

    VR&C.
     
  24. flathead okie
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    My American Car Spotters guide indicates they were made 1923-24 with steam engines. They had a Bobcat Roadster. Made in Garfield Ohio
     
  25. carlisle1926
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    I'm the guy that built that abomination. A friend of mine was Ronald McDonald and he got me the gig to build it. I'm not sure if I'm proud of the car or embarrassed. It is weird for me to see something I did on the HAMB.
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2012
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