It’s not all that unusual for a company that makes something other than cars to try its hand at making a car, or even to switch over completely. Often times, these are companies that make heavy machinery, but sometimes its something completely unrelated, like search engines or rockets. Pierce-Arrow, one of the great luxury carmakers from the early days of the automobile, got its start building bird cages. Pierce-Arrow would try unsuccessfully to build a steam-powered car under license, before giving up and going into internal combustion in 1901. By 1909, President Taft ordered two Pierce-Arrows for the White House, and in the early ’20s, actor Sessue Hayakawa ordered a gold-plated one just to show off his wealth.