|Fred J. Barr ran this advertisement |
for the Flying Merkel in 1913.
(The Daily Times. February 15, 1913.)
- A 1913 ad priced the following models
- 1913 Twin Excelsior $240
- 1913 Twin Indian $240
- 1913 Twin Flying Merkel $260
- 1913 Henderson 4 Cylinder $325
Barr received a shipment of 78 Flying Merkel Motorcycles valued at $16,000 in April 1914 and sold thru the entire lot.
Barr wrote an article describing his business for Motorcycles Illustrated in 1914. He said he started his business with $2,000 and made money from the start. He always put his customers first. In 1912, “we kept our shop open from 7 o’clock in the morning until any old time in the evening.” He made sure to be there whenever it was convenient for his customers.
Finally, Barr made a point that every one of his employees, including himself, owned and rode motorcycles. He advised dealers to “get in the game not only financially, but personally and with enthusiasm.” His dealership participated in all club runs and knew all the local trails and paths.
Fred Barr showed the Quad-Cities how to have a good time on two wheels.
|Barr published this ad to entice buyers to the 1912 Auto Show. |
(The Davenport Democrat. February 25, 1912.)