The Lexington Motor Company was founded in 1909 in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1910, the firm moved to the emerging industrial center of Connersville, Indiana. From the beginning, Lexington produced popular cars in several body styles with both four and six-cylinder engines. In 1920, Lexingtons placed first and second in the famous Pike’s Peak Hill Climb. Sales increased and Lexington produced 6,000 cars in 1920 and 12,000 in 1921. In 1922, the postwar recession, combined with bad publicity concerning the company’s owner, caused sales to plummet to 3,000 cars. The company went into receivership. In 1927, the Lexington Motor Company and factory were taken over by the Auburn Automobile Company and its president, E. L. Cord.