Mar 5, 2017

CERTUS / GERMANY

Here is another quite unknown German car maker: CERTUS AUTOMOBIL WERK.
In 1927 the driving instructor Franz Wroblewski and his friend Wilhelm Dierks founded the CERTUS
Automobil - Werke ( the latin word certus means:  to be sure ) in Offenburg ( Black Forest ).
Their slogan was: Der preiswerteste 8- Zylinder auf dem Weltmarkt ( the cheapest 8-cylinder on the world market).
Nevertheless they sold less than 50 cars in two years. Not a single car has survived.
To my knowledge this is  the only radiator emblem in existence.


emblem showing the coat of arms of the city of Offenburg /  Germany

Dimensions 10.0 cm x 6.5 cm
Year1927 - 1929
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reverse of a NOS emblem


contemporary ad with the slogan:  the cheapest 8-cylinder of the world market 

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Feb 26, 2017

FRAMO / GERMANY

The German FRAMO Werke GmbH were founded by J.S. Rasmussen who became famous for the DKW 2 stroke engines. Nevertheless this company never belonged to the AUTO UNION combine.
In 1923 the FRAMO started with a three wheeler called PICCOLO that had the engine mounted on the front wheel.
To my knowledge this car had no emblem.
In 1933 the STROMER was presented, also a three wheeler, but with two driven front wheels.
Just 737  FRAMO STROMER were sold so you have to look years for an emblem.
The FRAMO works were nationalized in 1945 and had since produced light commercial vehicles.


hard to make a picture without reflections when they used black enamel

Dimensionsca. 6.0 x  3.4 cm
Year1933 - 1937
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reverse is showing that the emblem was made of ( thin ) copper


FRAMO ad with emblem

do you believe that it is a three - wheeler ?

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Feb 19, 2017

ELITE / GER

The German ELITE started  car production in Brand / Erbisdorf ( Saxonia ) after WW1.
As the name suggested they offered luxury cars. Car production ceased in 1929. Only small quantities of cars were built so you have look years for an original ELITE emblem.



The ELITE of 1924 with V-shaped radiator had three emblems: two on the radiator and one on the gas cap

Dimensionsca. 6.5 cm ( emblem only )
Year1924 - 1929
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early ELITE emblem

Dimensionsca. 6.5 cm 
Year1919 ?
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reverse of the blue / white emblem with makers mark: L.CHR.LAUER  NUERNBERG



another rarity -  I have a spare to swap on


Dimensionsca. 6.7 cm 
Yearunknown
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In 1921 the ELITE - WERKE bought the defunct company REX SIMPLEX and offered the typ REX-SIMPLEX B IV as an ELITE WAGEN:


restored ELITE ( REX) emblem  (A.-G. = Aktiengesellschaft)


Dimensions 10.0 cm x 6.5 cm
Year1921
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Feb 12, 2017

ARGO / USA

The ARGO Motor Company entered the cyclecar market in 1914. The car was based on the AJAX built by the Briscoe Brothers in France .
Only few cyclecars were sold and in in 1916 it was replaced by a conventional assembled touring car.
Here you see the radiator emblem. I don´t know if was used on the on the first or on the late ARGO.

NOS badge 

Dimensions4.5  cm
Year1914 - 1918
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flat reverse with makers mark:  THE SHEPARD MFG CO MELROSE MASS

ARGO emblem with contemporary ad


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Feb 4, 2017

HAWA / GER

The German HAWA  ( abbreviation for Hannoversche Wagonfabrik ) was very successful in the railway carriages and wagon branche before they started an automobile division in 1923.
They saw the future in a small electric car for two persons only. The car had a central light instead of the radiator. Well, they had been 95 years to early.




Dimensions9.3 x 6.3 cm
Year1923- 1925
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no makers mark

small ad in a News Paper


contemporary pic of a HAWA electric automobil
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Jan 29, 2017

HATAZ / GER


The German HATAZ Kleinautofabrik  was a short lived company (1920 to 1925 ).
  Initials stand for Hans Tautenhahn Zwickau. It was a cyclecar without any commercial succes.
 They used Steudel proprietary engines. 
There is one car left in a German Museum.

emblem before polishing


  • still brilliant after more than 90 years

Dimensions9.5 cm x 6 cm
Year1921 - 1925
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reverse without makers mark

contemporary ad

contemporary photoshowing a  radiator with v-shaped emblem

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Jan 22, 2017

Mascotte Engineering Co. / UK

The British Mascotte  was an assembled cyclecar built in London from 1919 to 1921.
They used Peters engines. There was nothing special on this roadster  and it was quite  expensive (  475 BP at that time, but no self starter ). So the company had a short-lived career.
The best of all was the beautiful radiator emblem showing a  topless lady.



paperweight made of an original MASCOTTE radiator emblem ( sorry, the telephone number is invalid )

Dimensionsca. 5.0 cm ( emblem only )
Year1919 - 1921
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reverse of the paperweight

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Jan 16, 2017

Moller / USA

The brothers Wilhelm and Holger Moller had experimented in the light car business in their native Denmark before they offered their first US made car in 1920.
It was a four - cylinder roadster  in the European light car tradition. From the beginning on the brothers tried to export the roadster but neither domestic nor foreign sales kept the factory in business long. Car production ceased in 1922.


small emblem for a small car

Dimensionsca. 3.5 x  5.0 cm
Year1920 - 1922
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flat reverse with makers mark:  FOX COMPANY

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Jan 15, 2017

MAIBOHM / USA

The MAIBOHM Motors started car production in Ohio in 1916. The company was named after the founder Peter C. Maibohm who was a blacksmith, wagonmaker and real estate man. He offered an assembled car using a 4-cylinder engine.
The company´s  best production year had been  1920 when they built 1,212 cars.
After a fire they moved from Racine to Sandusky in 1919.
In 1923 a refined Maibohm was offered as a Courier. 373 Courier cars were sold only  and car production ceased still that year. Don´t mess it up with the COURIER Car Company of Dayton / Ohio ( 1909 - 1912 ).

The name of Maibohm means: tree in the month of may (maypole)

Dimensionsca. 4.5 cm x  5.5 cm
Year1916 - 1919
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flat reverse without makers mark

late MAIBOHM emblem (thank you for the picture, John )

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Jan 8, 2017

DUX / Germany

The Polyphon factory in Leipzig / Germany was famous for the production of  musical instruments. In 1909 they decided to enter the automobile market offering the Polymobil, a licence of the famous one-cylinder Oldsmobile.
The first car under the Latin name DUX   (that means  "Leader")  was built in 1909.
The last DUX - a 6-cylinder car with v-shaped radiator -  was offered from 1924 to 1926.
The same year DUX was taken over by PRESTO.

As the the last DUX had an v-shaped radiator there was one emblem at each side:

perfect pair of  DUX emblems (NOS)

Dimensions10.7 cm x  4.0 cm each
Year1924 - 1926
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there was also a white version

no makers mark

DUX advertisment of 1916 already showing the emblem

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Jan 6, 2017

MITCHELL / USA

The MITCHELL Motor Car Company situated in Racine / Wisconsin  built its first car with an air cooled engine in 1903. They had been wagon builders since 1834.  In 1910 the first passenger car with a six-cylinder engine  and for a very short time  ( 1916 only ) an eight-cylinder engine was offered. They were proud about the fact that quite every component was made in Racine.
Their slogan was: " Silent as the foot of time ".
The company´s  best production years had been 1917 and 1919 ( 10,938 and 10,873 cars).
I was able to verify that the first radiator emblem was on the model of 1917. Before there were scripts only.
The last year ( 1923 ) they sold 713 cars of the type F-50.
Then the factory was bought by Nash.


the first MITCHELL radiator was made of  thin brass only - no enamel -

Dimensions 6.3 cm 
Year1917 
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reverse of the brass emblem - no makers mark -



restored emblem with green enamel

reverse of an original ( enameled ) emblem,    no makers mark


later there was no more laurel on the bottom of the emblem




the very last MITCHELL radiator emblem of 1923 from the type F-50.  Only 713 cars were built.

Dimensions5.7 x  4.1 cm
Year1923 
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reverse without makers mark

advertisment of 1920 showing the new model with a "sloping radiator"

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