E. J. Roberts Garage was in Danville, Indiana, which is situated about 25-miles west of the City of Indianapolis. Like many other garages did in the period, the shop tow truck was a converted automobile. In this case, Roberts cut off the rear section of a 1910s or ’20s Cole V-8 powered touring car and mounted a Manley “Wrecker Crane” on the rear. The car was manufactured by the Cole Motor Car Co. located in Indianapolis.
Tires were the bane of the early motorist and tube problems, punctures, tread loss, and blowouts were fairly prevalent at the time. Roberts’ specialty was tires, along with the sale of Standard Red Crown gasoline, repair work and car storage. The garage sold and serviced the complete line of the U.S. Tire Co. including solid rubber tires used primarily on trucks.
Tell us what you find if interest in the enlargeable photograph below courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society.