A dream 'Christmas present' for antique car lovers

Local man owns antique vehicle built in 1909 in Norwalk by the Auto-Bug Company.
Aaron Krause
Dec 10, 2012

Ralphie's enthusiasm at receiving a red rider BB gun is no match for an antique car collector receiving this Christmas present -- especially an antique car dealer from the Maple City.

Tim Morsher, of Norwalk, believes he's one of a handful of individuals lucky enough to own a Norwalk Auto-Bug dating from 1909. He recently bought it from a woman in Arkansas.

"I told him that's his Christmas present," said Morsher's wife, Connie.

At least two other Norwalkians own the classic car -- Dick Suhr and Joel Hipp. Morsher said he believes someone in Pennsylvania owns the car, built by the Auto-Bug Company, which formed in 1909 and became the Norwalk Motor Car Company in 1910.

A feature story about this subject was published on the front page of Monday's Reflector.