May 7, 2017

TEMPERINO / ITALY


The three TEMPERINO brothers, Maurizio, Secundo and Jim  had  the great idea of marketing a mass produced cyclecar in Turino / Italy in 1915.  The body was made by FARINA but WW1 stopped the production. After the great war they started again. The TEMPERINO was an attractive little car but only small numbers of cars were built, so you have to look years for an TEMPERINO emblem.






Dimensions8.3 x 4.0 cm
Year1923- 1925
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flat reverse:    no makers mark




emblem with contemporary ad ( 1923 ).


early brass emblem

Dimensions8.7 cm x  4.2 cm 
Yearca. 1919
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Apr 18, 2017

MORRIS LEON BOLLEE / FRANCE

In 1924 Sir William R.  Morris, the famous founder of the British Morris Motors Ltd,  bought the French LEON BOLLEE factory in Le Mans.  He had the idea to breach the French tariff walls from inside.
The first  Morris Leon Bollee had a 4-cylinder engine made by  Hotchkiss. In 1928 a 3-litre straight -8 was offered. The bodies of the Morris Leon Bollee were all made in France and were considerably more attractive than their British counterparts.


flat emblem  mounted on a 1932 radiator shell


Dimensions 5.0 cm
Year1925- 1932
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reverse without makers mark


1932 radiator shell still missing the emblem


the first years the emblem was vaulted
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Apr 11, 2017

MIESSE / BELGE


One of my all time emblem favorites:

MIESSE Belge Belgique radiator emblem badge vintage camion autocar
A large picture for a large emblem
The MIESSE started producing trucks and buses in 1905 in Belgium. Since 1932 vehicles were equipped for years with the British GARDNER diesel engines made under licence.

What do you remember from your bible reading ? Guess what MIESSE is showing.

It is St. Michel killing the Satan. What a strange idea for an autocar emblem.
I don´t know a second official vehicle emblem with a bible theme.
The St. Christopherus is an accessory emblem only.

Dimensions8.2 cm x 11.7  cm
Year1950
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Here comes a much smaller MIESSE emblem. It is from 1933.

MIESSE radiator emblem

Dimensions
 4.1 cm x 6.1 cm
Year
1933
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reverse without maker´s mark



1933 advertisment showing the emblem



There was also a round MIESSE radiator emblem. I guess it was used before 1933. If you know more, please send me an email.



Dimensions
 ca  6.0 cm
Year
unknown
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MORETTI / ITALY

The MORETTI MOTOR CAR COMPANY was founded by Giovanni Moretti in Turin / Italy in 1925 offering motorcycles.
In 1928 he presented his first car, a three seater with a two-cylinder engine, but only a prototype was built.

During WWII  he built a commercial car electric powered called: ELETTROCARRI.
Sadly no Elettrocarri has survived, but I found this wonderful front emblem:



Giovanni Moretti was using a bull as symbol for strengh


Dimensions10.00  cm
Year1940 - 1944
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I only found this ( bad ) picture showing the MORETTI ELETTROCARRI


In 1945 MORETTI presented the type CITA, a small car with 350ccm engine.




During the nineteenfifties the MORETTI cars still had an emblem showing the bull


Dimensions4.2 cm x 5.1 cm
Year1945 - 1959
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MORETTI front badge of the sixties and seventies


Dimensions
3.5cm x 4.2 cm
Year
1960 - 1970
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Apr 7, 2017

VIBERTI / ITALY

The OFFICINE VIBERTI of Turin / Italy were primarily  commercial vehicle coachbilders.

Their MONOTRAL  ( a double-decker bus ) unitary construction buses qualified the Viberti as a make in its own right.

Most VIBERTISs used FIAT Diesel mecanical elements, though they were also made with LANCIA and OM engines and gearboxes.

rare VIBERTI bus front badge showing traces after decades of  use

Dimensions7.5 cm x 12.0  cm
Year1952 - 1961
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bus front badge of the famous MONOTRAL (also a double decker bus )  I have a spare to swap / sell


Dimensions7.5 cm x 12.0  cm
Year1952 - 1961
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by far the rarest VIBERTI  bus badge:  OM VIBERTI

Dimensions7.5 cm x 12.0  cm
Year1952 - 1961
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Apr 2, 2017

SIZAIRE NAUDIN / FRANCE

The brothers Maurice and Georges Sizaire and their partner Louis Naudin founded the  SA des Automobiles Sizaires et Naudin in Paris / France   in 1903.
In 1905 they offered a light car using a De Dion Bouton engine.
In 1912 the Sizaire brothers left the company and after the dead of Louis Naudin the company was renamed in Societé des Etablissements Sizaire et Naudin.
The Sizaire brothers together with Fredrick William Berwick started a new car production in London named Sizaire Berwick and in France named SIZAIRE FRERES.


original SIZAIRE NAUDIN radiator emblem showing the wear of more than 100 years
The blue and red flag was the crest of the duke d`Uzes who was the financier of this company, this emblem was used from 1906 on.

Dimensions12 cm
Year1909 - 1912
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I had to buy the whole radiator to get this wonderful emblem


A lot of SIZAIRE et NAUDIN cars were imported  to the UK by Charles Jarrott and Letts,  so the emblem is showing the initials C.J.L.


nice repro,  but be aware that the  red and blue colors  are not transparent so it is easy to identify a repro

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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

picture of a CERTUS touring car  in a sales brochure

front page of the 1927 sales brochure

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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