Jan 23, 2022


HANOMAG ( 1925 - 1970 )

Hannoversche Maschinenbau AG ( = HANOMAG ) was already founded as an iron foundry and machine factory by Georg Egestorff in 1835. Over the years, the manufacture of locomotives, steam boilers, chain tugs, etc. was added. It was not until 1925 that automobile manufacturing was added.

After the Second World War, the production of passenger cars was not resumed. Only prototypes of a HANOMAG Partner were produced, which never went into series production. However, the construction of commercial vehicles continued.  HANOMAG and HENTSCHEL merged in 1969, but already one year later Mercedes took over the company. The end of the production of vehicles with the name HANOMAG was in 1975.

The first HANOMG was a curious small vehicle with a central headlight, two seats, a 1-cylinder engine and a rear axle without differential. Nevertheless, it became a great sales success, 15,775 units were sold. It had a brass emblem above the central headlight centered on the body, which showed the vehicle itself in silhouette:

This brass emblem was fixed above the central headlight  on the body and showed the vehicle itself in silhouette.

  7.6 cm x 3.5 cm
1925 - 1928

Flat backside without makers mark

1927 advertisment: big car or small women, that´s the question !

the emblem design was patented in 1925

there was a second design which shows the silhouette also, but the letters underneath the car

1927 advertisment

A now conventionally designed vehicle replaced the first HANOMAG in 1928. On top of the flat radiator there was now an enameled emblem with wings, but still showing the silhouette of the first HANOMAG:

9,300 vehicles were built  with this particular emblem, nevertheless a hard to find item

11.4 cm x 4.8 cm

1929  - 1931


backside without makers mark

1929 advertisment for the new HANOMAG

photo collection Michael Schlenger:  https://vorkriegs-klassiker-rundschau.blog/tag/hanomag/page/5/

Junkyard find: engine block with cast-in emblem ( seen in 2021 )

The new HANOMAG 4/23 of 1931 still had a flat radiator with flat emblem:

 very large enameled radiator emblem

  20.3 cm x 8.0 cm
1931 - 1934

There was a variation of the HANOMAG 4/23 radiator which was vaulted. The emblem was vaulted too:

very large vaulted emblem

  20.3  cm x 8.0 cm
1931 - 1932

backside without makers mark

I could not assign this emblem until now. The white colors seem to be original, because they sit in depressions where the only blue enameled emblems are raised.

The next emblems were on a V-shaped radiator on top of the vertical trim, so they needed bolts from the back to fix them:

1934 colored front page of a sales brochure with v - shaped emblem



The last mass-produced HANOMAG appeared in 1939, with a streamlined body and - in my opinion - a relatively inconspicuous emblem:

unrestored 1939 HANOMAG 1,3 Liter

Apart from the car emblems, there were plenty of emblems on commercial vehicles and tractors:

Tractor emblem made in cast iron

Tractor emblem, no dates known

common tractor emblem

Emblem of the HANOMAG tractor made under licence in Spain by BARREIROS

1965 - 1969 front emblem of the HANOMAG Matador

Horn button of the HANOMAG Matador

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Jan 9, 2022


 COVENTRY PREMIER / UK   ( 1912 - 1923 )

COVENTRY PREMIER was an English automobile and cyclcar manufacturer based in Coventry active from 1912 - 1923. 

The company can trace its origins back to 1876 when the Hillman and Herbert company was founded to produce bicycles. William Hillman founded Hillman in 1927. Hillman and Herbert changed the name of the company to PREMIER CYCLE in 1892 and started to manufacture motorcycles in 1908 and cyclecars in 1912. 

The company changed its name PREMIER to COVENTRY PREMIER Ltd in November 1914.  In 1921 COVENTRY PREMIER was purchased by SINGER.

In ten years they sold about  500 three-wheeler and about 1,200   conventional vehicles  ( source: www.automobilia8545

To my knowledge,  there was only one enameled emblem. It was used after WWI. You can see it here:

  6.8 cm x 3.8 cm
1919- 1923

backside without makers mark


Coventry Victor three-wheeler radiator with emblems of vehicles made in Coventry


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Jan 2, 2022


 CLYNO / UK  ( 1922 - 1929 )

CLYNO was a British brand known for producing motorcycles. It became an automobile manufacturer from 1922 to 1929. Founded by Frank Smith in Pelham Street, Wolverhampton England.

The brand name comes from Frank and Ailwyn Smith of Thrapston, Northamptonshire. They designed and manufactured a pulley with a variable drive  for belt driven machines. They called it an "inclined pulley" which was soon shortened to "clined". Hence the name of the motorcycles and cars.

 Compared to other manufacturers like CLULEY, COVENTRY PREMIER, DUPLEX, CUBITT, CROUCH etc, the CLYNO light car  has been relatively successful.

The best year was 1926 when they sold more than 13,000 vehicles !

 In 7 years total of  35,000 to 40,000 automobiles were built.


7.8.  cm x 4.9 cm
Year1922- 1929


backside without makers mark



1923 CLYNO advertisment showing the car and the emblem


1924 CLYNO advertisment

1925 CLYO advertisment

CLYNO also exported to Germany as this advertisement from 1925 shows.  


there was also a chromed emblem


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Dec 28, 2021


 HE / UK   ( 1919 - 1931 )

The HERBERT ENGINEERING Co Ltd.of Reading / England made enough money during WWI to start in the automobile business in 1919. They built sport tourers. 

Ambitious participation in races and warranty problems led to the fact that the liquidity of the company became too limited, so that  the company ceased operations in 1931.

simple but beautiful

7.0 cm x 5.3 cm

1919  - 1931


flat backside, no makers mark

1919 advertisment showing the radiator and the letter combination HE

1923 advertisment showing a radiator in the Bugatti style

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Dec 22, 2021



Have you ever wondered where the Corona virus actually came from originally ?
Here is the ( not entirely serious ) answer:

 Corona started  Brandenburg / Havel, Germany exactly in 1900  as I prove below:

Corona three - wheeler made in 1900

It took decades for the virus to catch on, with the breakthrough coming with the Delta variant:


We continued with the OMIKRON variant, which was spreading at breakneck speed:

Here you can see how the OMIKRON type moves on at high speed.

The OMIKRON type is still on the road. But an end is foreseeable:

Everything has an end, even the OMOKRON type has been stopped !

With kind permission of Thomas Ulrich / Berlin, from whom the idea and the pictures come.

 Of course you will learn more about the OMIKRON (automobile), so please click here !


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