Located just north of Philadelphia, the James A. Grundy Agency, Inc., The Olde Original, was established in 1947. Today, collectors and their brokers consider Grundy to be the preeminent agency for serving the serious collector.
Since 1947, The James A. Grundy Agency continues to represent the nation's finest insurance companies providing our clients with the most comprehensive insurance coverage available.
We offer coverage for all of your insurance needs "from your cars and boats to your home, special collections and more" all in one convenient place. We invite you to explore our website to see all that Grundy has to offer: www.grundy.com
What is the History of Grundy Insurance? By Jim Grundy
The automobile has been around for a little over 100 years now, and the industry has produced over 3,000 models of rolling art that capture the hearts and imaginations of people worldwide. From early “Brass Era” cars, to the great Classics, to the latest supercars, the pleasures and values of these wonderful machines are diverse. The owners must calculate the pleasures, but the Grundy family has an understanding of the values of these special cars and how to protect them that is almost genetic.
In 1906, recognizing the automobile’s potential, my great grandfather Colonel Samuel Baily purchased the Pullman Carriage Works/Motor Company and began manufacturing very expensive and powerful touring cars in York, Pennsylvania. They were very successful, and Pullman began racing cars to prove their reliability and speed. The Colonel's son, Samuel E. Baily, competed but broke his back in a crash, ending his racing career. However, Sam continued in automotive manufacturing in the 1930's, which produced metal scrap which he regularly delivered and sold in Philadelphia. It was on one of those trips to the scrap yards that Sam salvaged his first vintage car and started a lifelong hobby.
Wealthy people were donating their out-of-style cars to be recycled for the war effort. Sam saw a 1909 Pierce Arrow about to be destroyed and traded his load of scrap for the car, which he painstakingly restored to its original condition. (I own this car today, which is recognized as the first vehicle ever to be restored for historic preservation.) Other enthusiasts saw Sam’s car and persuaded him to restore or locate cars for them. As the hobby and its members’ collections grew, they began showing their cars and eventually created the Antique Automobile Club of America in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
After the war Sam’s daughter Patty, my Mom, met and married my Dad, Jim Grundy, Sr., who had started a small insurance agency with money from t
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