Apr 17, 2016

KRIT / USA


The KRIT  (K-R-I-T)  Motor Co. started car production in Detroit / Michigan in 1909.
They offered four-cylinder cars for the whole of their lives, except for 1913 when a KRIT Six was marketed for that single year.
As emblem the swastika has been selected ( years before Adolf Hitler abused the emblem) to ensure favor of auspicious gods !
The company was in financial trouble most of the time and car production  ceased in 1915.


early KRIT badge made of brass,  without enamel

Dimensions6.8 cm x 6.8 cm
Year1910 
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reverse without makers mark

1910 ad with original emblem

KRIT radiator showing the brass badge


Here is one of the most sought after radiator emblems:

round emblem with original colors
Dimensionsca. 6.0 cm
Year1914 - 1915
Estimate

As it is rare and expensive  Harry Pulfer reproduced this emblem choosing the wrong colors.
The colors red, black and white were used for the NAZI swastika. I have never seen a KRIT radiator with an emblem in these colors. Only accessories like pins and brooches are showing these colors.

for more information about Harry Pulfer go to  the post " Harry Pulfer "

For more beautiful radiator emblems see older posts or top right ( list of car makers ).

Apr 10, 2016

PAN-AMERICAN / USA

The PAN-AMERICAN Motors Corporation started car production in Decatur / Illinois in 1917.
It was an assembled car that used a variety of six-cylinder engines from Rutenber, Continental and Herschell-Spillman. The called it: " The American Beauty Car ".
A lower priced four-cylinder car was available from 1919 to 1920.
Their best year was 1920 with 937 cars sold.

In six years  2,200 cars only  were built so you have to look years for an emblem.

This emblem is from the Lee Roy Hartung collection that was up for auction in 2011 (see my post concerning Lee Roy Hartung).

the holes are not original
Dimensions
9.1 cm  x 5.3 cm
Year
1917 - 1922
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reverse of an original emblem: no makers mark


look at the details: it is only a repro
reverse of the repro

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

Apr 8, 2016

GRAMM / USA

B.A.Gramm was a truck pioneer. In 1925 he   formed a new company with his son W.J.GRAMM. The new company was called the GRAMM Motors Incorporation of Delphos / Ohio.
In 1942 GRAMM dropped truck building and concentrated on trailers and special bodyworks.

The 1926 emblem is on of the most beautiful truck emblems ever built:


Dimensions5.8 cm  x 10.5 cm
Year1926
Estimate
 



reverse with makers mark: FOX COMPANY

GRAMM badge with original ad of 1926

For more beautiful car and truck emblems see older posts or top right ( list of car makers ).

Mar 31, 2016

FAUN / GER

The  German FAUN (= Fahrzeugfabriken Ansbach und Nurnberg) started truck production in 1918.
In 1924 to 1927 they offered a private car without any commercial success.
From 1928 to 1990 only commercial trucks were built.


Here I present to you the rare radiator emblem of the private car of 1924:


emblem of the only private car made by FAUN
Dimensionsca. 5 cm 
Year1924 - 1927
Estimate
 




To my knowledge this is the oldest enameled truck emblem:




Dimensions7.0 cm x 7.4 cm
Yearca. 1930  
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reverse without makers mark






Dimensions7.0 cm x 7.4 cm
Yearca. 1938 
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reverse without makers mark

I have never seen a truck or a photo of a truck showing this particular emblem.
Nevertheless it is a wonderful item.
This FAUN emblem is showing a medieval  tower of the old city of Nurnberg



After WWII there were metal emblems only like this nice radiator cap.



For more beautiful car and truck emblems see older posts or top right ( list of car makers ).

Mar 22, 2016

ARIES / FR

The French ARIES was founded by the Baron Charles Petiet.
 In 1910 they ARIES catalogued the smallest 6-cylinder car in the world.
During  WW I they made Hispano Suiza engines and profited by the experience to make better cars subsequently.
Most of all ARIES had a script on the radiator  and no badge or emblem.
Only in the years 1934 to 1938 there was a nice emblem on the front of the radiator shell.
Car production ceased in 1938.
ARIES emblem of the type  B4B
Dimensions12.8 cm x 4.4 cm
Year1934 - 1938 
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reveres of an ARIES badge. No makers mark.
Many years I thought that there was no enameled ARIES badge. But than I found one under the bonnet !  The screws to open the cam cover are enameled and showing the radiator of the car.
What a nice idea !  I known the builder of the French BALLOT car had the same idea. But who was the first ?




contemporary ad with ARIES badge


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

Mar 20, 2016

GAYLORD / USA


The GAYLORD Motor Car Company was a short lived company that started car production in the town of Gaylord / Michigan in 1911.
Their slogan was: "All Roads Are Easy to the Gaylord ".
Initially they offered only one model that was quickly convertible to a utility car for transporting goods.
Only few cars were built.
The final remaining car is shown in the town hall of Gaylord / Michigan.
You have to look years for this super rare emblem.




Dimensions
Year1911 - 1913
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For more beautiful car emblems see older posts or top right ( list of carmakers ).



Mar 13, 2016

REX SIMPLEX / GER

The REX SIMPLEX of Ronneburg / Germany started car production under the name of REX in 1901.
Before they offered various components for car construction.
When using engines of their own design the name changed to REX SIMPLEX.
They never sold much cars so you have to look years for a radiator emblem.
It is much easier to find a broche (as it was a public relation present ).


REX SIMPLEX emblem  with large crest (as found in the ground)

Dimensions 10.0 cm x 6.5 cm
Year1918 - 1920
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flat reverse without makers mark

restored emblem with small crest

In 1921 the factory was bought by ELITE (another small German car maker ) and the type 13/40 was offered for one year as the Elite Wagen.
Here you see the ultra rare radiator emblem still showing the REX SIMPLEX crest.


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

Dimensions 10.0 cm x 6.5 cm
Year1921
Estimate



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

Mar 6, 2016

WARREN / USA

There were at least six car makers in the USA using the name WÁRREN.
Here I present the emblem of the WARREN Motor Car Company of Detroit producing car from 1910 to 1913. This company was founded by Homer Warren.  John Bayerline -  the former purchasing agent for Olds Motor Company -  became general manager.
The complete output of 1910 was bought by the Taylor distributing Company of Philadelphia.
In 1911 this company bought 500 cars, but the total production  is not known.
Anyway,   it is a very, very rare emblem and you have to look years for it.




Dimensions
Year1910 - 1913
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For more beautiful car emblems see older posts or top right (list of carmakers ).

Feb 28, 2016

TAU / ITALY

Not much is known about the Italian car manufacturer TAU ( Torino Automobili Unita )
Pietro Scaglioni started  production in Torino / Italy in 1924 offering a type 95 and a type 90 with 45-HP engine respectively 50-HP.
The design resembled very much the contemporary FIAT 509.
As there was no commercial success car production ceased after approx. 100 cars had been put to sale.  To my knowledge only one single car is still in existance.



don´t know if the holes are  original
Dimensionsca. 5 cm 
Year1924 - 1925
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contemporary picture of a TAU 
For more beautiful car emblems see older posts or top right (list of carmakers ).

Feb 21, 2016

VALT / ITALY

Not much is known about the Italian VALT ( = Vetture Automobili Leggere Torino ).
This light car was built in Northern Italy in  Torino from 1911 to 1913.
It had a small 12-HP engine. In 1913 the company was bought by Newton &  Bennett of Manchester.
They offered this car car under the name NB. The next owner was John Newton who bought the factory in 1914 and continued as JOHN NEWTON FABRICCA DI AUTOMOBILI still using the 12-HP engine. Its production  ceased in 1915.


Dimensions5.3 cm 
Year1911 - 1913
Estimate
 


flat reverse without makers mark

contemporary ad of the 1915 John Newton
For more beautiful car emblems see older posts or top right  ( list of car makers ).