Sep 11, 2014

BEN HUR / USA

The BEN HUR Motor Co was a short lived company. It started car production in 1917. The founder L.L. Allen named the car after the street Ben Hur Avenue where the factory plants were situated because already in 1917 there had been half a dozen of car manufacturers named Allen.
Maybe 40 cars have been built in two years and so the emblem is one of the most wanted emblems by any serious collector. The last original BEN HUR emblem was sold via ebay in 2007 for more than 1,000 USD !


BEN HUR radiator emblem

Dimensions  5.3 cm x 5.0
Year1917 - 1918

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emblem  reverse with makers mark: ROBBINS CO ATTLEBORO  MASS

Pay attention:  there is a repro made by Harry Pulfer  in the sixties.It looks quite different:



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




Aug 27, 2014

TULSA / USA

The TULSA Automobile Corporation started  in Oklahoma in 1918 and went out of car production in 1922.
It was a typical assembled car of the period.
Their slogan was:  "The Peer of the West" and   "It Conquered the World`s worst roads ".
In five years they sold 1,159 cars. Their best years was 1921 with a production of 723 cars.
After 1922 they stayed in business as auto parts makers.

Here is an original TULSA emblem that has a flat reverse with maker´s mark.

Property of the K. Hohl collection

Dimensions
3.9 cm x  7.6 cm

Year
 1918 - 1922

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In the nineteensixties Harry Pulfer from California made a fine repro of the TULSA emblem as you can see here:

TULSA repro emblem 

For more information about Harry Pulfer see alphabetical list top right.

 reverse of the repro emblem without maker´s mark

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

Aug 24, 2014

Z / Czech.

Z:
this Czech  ex - armaments factory  - like many others  -  had to look for new business after World War 1.
They started with a single-cylinder 2-stroke 600cc engine [Georgano].
Later there were 6 - and 8-cylinder engines.

I know there are simple round emblems showing the letter Z .

But here is the nice colorful emblem of the type Z6 showing the front axle construction.
To my knowledge this is the only radiator emblem that presents the axle of a car.


Z radiator emblem



Dimensions
4.2 cm x  9.0 cm

Year
 1936

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 reverse of the two pieces radiator emblem 





WHARTON / USA

The WHARTON Motors Co. of Dallas / Texas  was an ambitious attempt to market a car powered by an 8-cylinder aero engine, made by Curtiss, type OX-5.
The cars were quiet expensive ( 3,450 USD ) so they sold only a few cars.
A line of cheaper 6 - and 4-cylinder cars was announced, but none were built.
In 1923 they went into recievership and out of business.

Here is the ultra rare emblem:

WHARTON radiator emblem


Dimensions  6.6 cm 
Year1922 - 1923

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Aug 23, 2014

LAVIGNE / FRANCE

LAVIGNE, named after the founder Paul Lavigne, was a short lived French bus and truck maker in Courbevoie near Paris.  They started before 1930 and closed in 1937.
I don´t know if there is still a truck / bus  left.
So the the emblem is also very, very rare . You have to look years for it !


large LAVIGNE radiator emblem

Dimensions
7.9 cm x  14.0 cm

Year
 1933 - 1937

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reverse of the original LAVIGNE badge


 emblem with contemporary photo of a LAVIGNE bus




LAVIGNE emblem before restoration

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








FRANKLIN / USA

In 1902 Herbert H. Franklin together with  the  engineer John Wilson founded the FRANKLIN AUTOMOBILE COMPANY in Syracuse N.Y.
They built the world´s most successful air-cooled cars before WW 1.
Their slogan was: AURA VINCIT (that means: "Air conquers")
In 1902 they sold 13 cars. Their best year was 1929 when they produced 14,432 cars.
In 1933 they offered a luxury V-12 engine, only up to 200 cars were built with this engine.  The next year FRANKLIN went bankrupt.


To my knowledge the first enamelled car emblem was mounted on the hood  in 1921, before there were scripts only.

Here  is the first of 10 different FRANKLIN emblems. It looks like an emblem for an electric car but FRANKLIN never built them.


FRANKLIN radiator emblem

Dimensions
4.5 cm x  7.9 cm

Year
 1922 

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FRANKLIN emblem with AURA VINCIT slogan

Dimensions
 4.5 cm x 7.9 cm
Year
1921 -  1924
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they screwed the emblem on the grill as there was no water behind


This is a real rarity, but I can´t date it precisely

Dimensions
4.2 cm x  8.2 cm

Year
 unknown

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Here is the first round FRANKLIN emblem. FA is for FRANKLIN AUTOMOBILES



Dimensions
 4.8 cm 
Year
1927 
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FA emblem made in German silver


Dimensions
 5.1 cm 
Year
unknown
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round FRANKLIN emblem


Dimensions
 6.3 cm 
Year
1928 -  1929
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This emblem is smaller and there is no chrome


Dimensions
 5.5 cm 
Year
unknown
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chromed round FRANKLIN emblem  - reverese with maker´s mark from DL AULD



Dimensions
 4.9 cm 
Year
unknown
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large FRANKLIN grill emblem

Dimensions
 10.2 cm x 8.4 cm
Year
1930
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Property of the Murray Shears collection
Dimensions10.2 cm  x 8.4  cm 
Year1933

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



Aug 15, 2014

COMET / USA

In car history there had been half-a-dozen of manufacturers with the trade name COMET (or KOMET in Germany).
Here you see the emblem of the American COMET of Illinois.
They started car production in 1917 in Decatur / Illinois.
The COMET was an assembled car with a six-cylinder engine.
Cars were only produced when a firm dealership order was on hand.
Their slogan was: " This COMET has come to stay ".
In five years only 1,094 cars were made. But in 1920 / 1921 they sold 40 cars to Belgique / Europe and dreamed of an international succes. In vain. In 1921 they had to close down.



COMET radiator emblem reproduced by Harry Pulfer

Dimensions  7.3 cm x 7.0
Year1917 - 1921

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typical reverse of a Harry Pulfer repro



COMET radiator emblem with contemprary ad



1921 advertisement in a Belgian journal



For more beautiful car emblems and for the German Komet see top right (list of car makers).



KOMET / GERMANY

KOMET built cyclecars in Leisnig / Saxonia (Germany) from 1921 to 1923.
They used a Steudel engine But there was no commercial succes.
There is no car left. The only souvenir is this radiator emblem.
To my knowledge it is the only car emblem in form of a heptagon.


KOMET radiator emblem

Dimensions  8.8 cm x 8.0 cm
Year1921 - 1923

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enamelled reverse of an original KOMET emblem
contemporary ad of a KOMET car

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


Aug 12, 2014

BUCHET / FRANCE

The French BUCHET Motor car company   started in 1911 in Levallois / Seine near Paris.
The first cars were conventional pump- and through -lubricated automobiles with pedal-operated transmission brakes.
In 1919 they moved to Billancourt.
By 1924 they had ohv engines and better brakes. In 1929 they stopped the production.

Here you see an  original  1918 emblem still showing the two rivets to fix it at the radiator.


BUCHET radiator emblem

Dimensions
 6.2 cm x 9.0 cm
Year
1918
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Pay attention, there was a repro made in the nineteeneighties with a flat reverse:


top: original emblem         bottom:  repro


Later there was another emblem fixed on the radiator core:


BUCHET radiator emblem

Dimensions 6.6 cm 
Year1924
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reverse of an original emblem


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