About- Our History:
Circa 1909, Great Uncle Benjamin H. Anibal would graduate from Michigan State University (MSC) and soon start as Chief Design Engineer of Cadillac.
- He used to drive his freshly designed prototypes out to the farm in Linden where my dad lived as a boy, like this 1926 Pontiac. ‘In to town for ice cream’ dad said. This design was when Uncle Ben took the position of the first Chief Design Engineer of Oakland (later Pontiac) Motor Car Co. Through his philanthropic giving, Oakland University had its first dormitory.
- My alma mater, MSU, also received a gift that would provide the Engineering Building with a library – where I once studied.
Dad brought to Linden Michigan the family real estate brokerage. A car guy himself, he parked this `71 Corvette out front instead of using an ‘open’ sign. I guess it did the trick!
(Below, driving the `ol 1971 Corvette in a parade past dad’s Linden MI real estate office.)
I’ve enjoyed building a my own homes hands on, remodeling many, and have owned hundreds of autos. This is part of why I love assisting folks from locally and nationwide from a very specialized perspective.
1969: Father opened 1st real estate office in Linden Michigan (above).
1982: I opened my business.
1986: Opened Waterford location (below). Car Cave & separate working garage are located out back in building that formerly housed an old Auto Repair Garage circa 1930.
2006: Opened Florida location with family of brokers/referral network SW FL, SE FL, and Greater Tampa/Clearwater.
DETROIT, June 21 (AP) — Benjamin H. Anibal, designer of the Pontiac automobile, died Sunday in a suburban Royal Oak hospital. He was 90 years old.
He designed the Pontiac in 1926, less than a year after he was hired by the Oakland Motor Company to create a light, inexpensive, six‐cylinder car. The automobile was introduced the following January at the New York Auto Show. Oakland later became the Pontiac division of the General Motors Corporation.
Mr. Anibal ended a 38‐year career in the industry when he retired in 1947 as Pontiac’s chief engineer. He also helped develop the first eight‐cylinder engine in 1914, while working for the Cadillac Motor Company. He was Cadillac’s chief engineer from 1919 to 1921. He also worked for the Peerless Motor Company and Studebaker before designing the Pontiac.
Mr. Anibal was born in 1886 in Linden, Mich. He was graduated from Michigan State University and held an honorary degree from Oakland University. He belonged to the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Your ‘Cave Man’ by ‘Anibal House’ at Oakland University & one of Ben’s first Cadillac designs:
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