Former manager of the Olds Motor Works Willis Murray convinced Walter Clement, president of the Church Manufacturing Company of Adrian, Michigan, that it should make automobiles and the first Murray was tested in January 1902. It differed little from the Oldsmobile, although the engine was claimed to be of 14hp, half that being a more realistic figure. Priced at $50 less than the Oldsmobile the Murray should have been a success but Clement was not able to raise the finance for volume production and Willis Murray was fired, later forming the Standard Motor Vehicle Company of Chicago. Output of Murray automobiles is quoted as totalling 225, of which a handful survive.
Further attempts by the Church Manufacturing Company to enter the automobile industry, such as production of the Lenawee, were even less successful.