About Us

The Bay City Motor Company's legacy in the automotive industry dates back to 1904. In 2005, we dedicated ourselves to serving the needs of classic car enthusiasts. We are located by the water in downtown Bay City in the heart of Michigan's largest antiques district.

Internet sales is staffed Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m..

Due to the global nature of our business, not all cars are housed in our local showroom. Before coming to see a specific vehicle, we encourage you to call us at 989-891-0900 to confirm the vehicle's location and availability. Vehile viewing and inspections are by appointment only.

You are always welcome to come and enjoy our inventory. You are likely to find a new treasure every time you visit our store. 

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Our History

From being the first Cadillac dealer in 1904 to evolving into a  premier classic car dealer, we have a unique history,


The Beginning

At 10:30 p.m. Aug. 31 on the second floor of the Republic Hotel, brothers Charles Ambrose and William Benjamin Mitchell signed a contract with the Cadillac Automobile Company. Bruno & Norberts Copper Shop at 1020 N. Saginaw St. in downtown Bay City became their first garage and the first Cadillac independent distributorship and dealership in the country — Bay City Auto Company.


2nd Location

The Bay City Auto Company moved to its second downtown location, 1005-07 Saginaw St., which today is G's Pizzeria.


1st Phone Book Listing

The Bay City Auto Company was listed for the first time in Polk's Bay City Directory.


3rd Location

The Bay City Auto Company moved to its third Bay City location, Third Street at the northwest corner of Adams. This location was built in 1912 for the Oakland Auto Company, which had gone out of business.


4th Location

The Bay City Auto Company broke ground on and moved to its fourth location, on the southwest corner of Washington and Second streets in downtown Bay City, which today is the Bus Depot.



The Bay City Auto Company formed as a corporation, following William B. Mitchell Jr. and Howard F. Mitchell's return from the war.


A New Name

The Bay City Auto Company became Mitchell Cadillac Inc. in memoriam of founder William Benjamin Mitchell.


A Union

Ann Mitchell wed David Cotten, whose father created the first retail finance loan for an automobile. The Cottens went on to partner in and own award-winning import and domestic dealerships in Florida and the St. Louis, Mo., area, before returning to Bay City.


A Change in Direction

Mitchell Cadillac sold its Cadillac franchise to Bauer-Labadie-Olds Inc. of Bay City. When Mitchell Cadillac closed, it was both the oldest Cadillac dealership in the country and the last independent Cadillac distributorship in the world.



The Mitchell-Cotten family wanted to bring the Bay City Auto Company back to life. With the help of many individuals and partners — and the overwhelming support of the community — The Bay City Motor Company was reborn.


History Lives Here

The Bay City Motor Company is known for finding and selling fine historic automobiles across the globe.

While it is based out of its Michigan showroom, they house vehicles in multiple locations across the U.S. and source choice vehicles from collections around the world.

Email & Phone 

Phone: 989-891-0900
Toll-Free: 866-822-2216
Fax: 989-895-8984


Internet Sales & Phone:
Mon. - Fri. 9A-5P
Car viewings by appointment.


1124 N Water St.
Bay City, MI 48708

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