Karl Benz may have created the first automobile but the best come from Michigan which has had several independent auto makers that no longer exist. Check out some rarities here. 

Detroit is the Motor city and home to the big three automakers. Did you know that Michigan Has had more independent car companys then anywhere else. Check out some of those from Kalamazoo and many other Michigan made cars in the gallery above.

The longest surviving independent auto maker was The Checker Motor Corporation based in Kalamazoo and is rumored to be making a comeback in 2018.

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