Jul 22, 2015

OPEL / GERMANY

Adam OPEL made various cars under licence and finally his own car in 1902. The following year he produced a 20/24 hp and a 35/40 hp. OPEL gained over 100 victories in these cars in 1905 and the third place in the Kaiserpreis in 1907.  In the 1920s OPEL installed an assembly line on American principles, the first German engineering firm to do so. The depression of 1929 caused the OPEL family  to transform the firm into a joint-stock company with GENERAL MOTORS.

In more than 110 years OPEL created  more than 200 different emblems, signs and symbols. If you want to know all about OPEL emblems buy this book: Zeichen der Zeit (Signs of the Times) published in 1991 (Säntis Verlag ISBN Nr. 3-907 993-03-09). The book is out of print. But it is easier to find than a pre 1914 OPEL emblem....

In 1906 OPEL used a fire wall emblem in the art deco style.
I have never seen an original. But a repro was made in Germany by Goede:



Dimensions 8.0 cm x 5.5 cm
Year1906 
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for an original


reverse of the repro made by Goede / Germany


In 1910 the so-called   OPEL eye   was designed by the Grand Duke of Hesse.
In its basic form this emblem - made in many variations - remained the identification symbol until 1935.



Dimensions12.5 cm x 6.0 cm 
Year1910 - 1914
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Dimensions11.5 cm x 5.5 cm 
Year1919 - 1933
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Dimensions11.5 cm x 5.5 cm 
Year1932 - 1933
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french OPEL emblem radiator emblem showing the cooperation  with GENERAL MOTORS

Year
Dimensions
6,4 cm x  3,5 cm
 1929 

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before restoration




In 1930 OPEL presented the famous light truck named OPEL BLITZ after a name-finding contest.
Only the first four years  there was an enameled radiator emblem. So it is a hard to find item.
If you need this emblem, I have a spare to sell.




Year
Dimensions
7.6 cm x  5.0 cm
 1930- 1934

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my restored OPEL radiator.


In 1934 the new OPEL six was offered.  The OPEL eye with wings was mounted on top of the radiator shell.






Dimensions13.5 cm x 2.8 cm
Year1934 - 1938 
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Emblem of the famous OPEL type P4  presented in 1935


Dimensions4.5 cm x 3.8 cm
Year1935 - 1939 
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In the mid-twenties OPEL began to manufacture motorcycles.
In 1928 OPEL proudly presented the OPEL MOTOCLUB motorcycle. A motorcycle with red tires and a red emblem on each side of the front wheel fork . In 1929 OPEL discontinued any motorcycle manufacturing.
A very sought-after emblem.
Pay attention, there are repros made in Poland.

Motorcycle emblem

Year
Dimensions
  9,0  cm      
 1928 - 1929 

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reverse of the original motorcycle emblem




dashboard emblem of the OPEL P4


To celebrate the Olympic Games at Berlin in 1936 OPEL offered in 1935 the new OPEL OLYMPIA showing a discus thrower.



Dimensions4.5 x  9.0 cm
Year 1936 - 1937
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Here you see a mysterious  OPEL emblem showing the oval OPEL eye on a round base.
This emblem was part of the Italian Bregonzio collection liquidated in 2009.
 I think it was a prototype emblem never mounted on a car.






Guess what it is:
It is an emblem of an OPEL fridge !

For more beautiful car emblems see top right  ( list of car makers ).

Jul 12, 2015

OMEGA SIX / FRANCE


The  AUTOMOBILES OMEGA SIX  Company started car production in 1922 until 1930. It was a real luxury car made on the lines of the HISPANO SUIZA at Boulogne-sur-Seine near Paris. Even the design is resembling  the HISPANO SUIZA.  Not many of the OMEGA SIX were made, so you have to look years for this outstanding emblem.
One surviving car can be seen in the Automobile Museum of Le Mans in France.


this emblem is a real piece of art showing the greek letter Omega

Dimensions 18.0 cm x 6.9 cm
Year1922 - 1930
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in the middle of this emblem you find the weapon of Paris

Reverse without makers mark. No reproduction known



emblem with contemporary ad


The there was a second OMEGA SIX emblem in the form of a simple black oval.
Really nothing special.  This emblem was reproduced in the nineteeneighties.


repro emblem
Dimensions10.4 x   3.5 cm
Year 1922 -1930
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reverse of the repro emblem


For more beautiful car emblems see top right (list of car makers).


Jun 27, 2015

H.A. MOYER / USA


Harvey Allen MOYER started car production in Syracuse / New York in 1911.
No other company had been incorporated in this manufacture. The MOYER was a one-man operation.
Their slogan was:  " All Roads are Level to a MOYER ".
They built about 400 cars in 4 years so it quite difficult to find an original MOYER emblem.

This emblem is from the Lee Roy Hartung collection that was liquidated in 2011.

small radiator badge

Year
Dimensions
6,4 cm x  3,0 cm
 1911 - 1915 

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flat reverse without makers mark

emblem mounted on the radiator:  don´t know if the bolts are original

For more beautiful car emblems see top right ( list of car makers ).

KERR STUART / UK

The product of a well-known firm of locomotive builders, the KERR STUART was the first British diesel-engined truck. They used a 11-litre  4-cylinder McLaren Benz of 60 hp. A single cylinder  4 hp  engine was used to start the diesel !   Drive was through a 4-speed gearbox and double chaine drive.  There was no commercial succes. Only few trucks were built so you have to look years for this nice emblem.


the holes are not original

Year
Dimensions
14,0 cm x  7,2 cm
 1929 - 1931 

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reverse without makers mark
For more beautiful truck and car emblems see top right ( list of car makers ).

Jun 8, 2015

BIANCHI / ITALY

Edoardo Bianchi started his car production in Milano / Italy in 1905.
Vintage BIANCHIS were conservative, but by 1922 they had dohc, with dual magneto ignition and 90 bhp.

In 1955 FIAT bought the factory to build the new AUTOBIANCHI, a car using FIAT components with a little bit more horsepower.

The emblems are showing the eagle of the Duke of Savoy ( Savoia ).
Inside the eagle you see the white cross in a red oval representing the crest of Savoia.

Here I present you a real piece of art. These emblems are made by using a pattern, a very  exigent technique.
A real highlight of my collection !

 emblem from the Bregonzio collection liquidated in 2009
Dimensions 7.4 cm 
Year1910 - 1912
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now the eagle is made in brass
Dimensions7.5 cm 
Year 1914
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 very large radiator emblem
Dimensions15.5 cm x 14.5 cm 
Year 1934
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you can see that the above shown emblem was mounted on the radiator core


This emblem in a form of a shield was mounted at the BIANCHI Tipo S9 in 1934



Dimensions 6.5 cm x 4.5 cm 
Year 1934
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emblem from the Bregonzio collection: no idea where it was mounted


Here you see a very nice post war emblem from the AUTOBIANCHI PRIMULA of 1967:



For more beautiful car emblems see top right ( list of car makers ).