A Marathon effort needed to survive

Monday, March 5, 2001 at 1:00am

A group of Nashville investors took a chance on a new product in 1910, and Nashville became the only Southern automaker of its time, producing 12 different body styles of the Marathon automobile.

But while they were looking forward with their then-questionable horseless carriages, they were also looking back. The group did not go to Spring Hill or Smyrna to build a new assembly plant for the Marathon Motor Works venture. Rather, they took over an empty 1881 brick factory building near railroad tracks and the downtown area, within a stone

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