Apr 18, 2021


 CEIRANO / ITALY ( 1919 - 1924 )

The history of the Italian CEIRANO automobiles is as confusing as the family chronicle of the Ceiranos themselves. Under "Ceirano" ran in Italy automobiles of different origin. A first automobile built by the Ceirano brothers came into being as early as 1901, a Renault vehicle built under license.

In 1904, this company was dissolved, but Giovanni Ceirano and his son Ernesto shortly afterwards established a new company that marketed the vehicles under the name SCAT.
Then in 1919 vehicles were built again under the old name CEIRANO. In 1924 the production of CEIRANO cars ceased and the car was sold under the SCAT name. In 1929 FIAT took over the SCAT company.

To my knowledge the blue enameled emblem was the first emblem used in 1919 / 1920

Size 8.2 cm x 4.9 cm
Year1919 - 1920 

1920 CEIRANO emblem with modernized letter design

Size 10.2 cm x 5.2 cm
Year1920 - 1921 

contemporary photo showing a CEIRANO with oval emblem

1920 advertisment

In 1921 a new emblem was mounted on the radiator shell:

the last CEIRANO radiator emblem was made of two pieces

 13.5 cm x 4.2 with wings
Year1921 - 1924

to my knowledge this is a repro emblem because the oval insert has a flat backside

original insert of the CEIRANO emblem with wings

CEIRANO type 150 S  seen in Italy in 2019

radiator with emblem and motometer

part of my CEIRANO collection

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Apr 14, 2021

Fürst Stolberg Hütte / Germany

I´m sure you have never heard of a car manufacturer called " FÜRST STOLBERG HÜTTE " located in Ilsenburg / Germany.
Neither did I before I found this incredible radiator emblem. You can read  "Ilse" on it, a German prename of a women ( a little bit out of time ) . Also it is  the first word of the name of the town "Ilsenburg" where the factory was located.
In a German book  - published in 1975 -   you can read that it is not sure if they realized a regular car production. But it is sure that they printed brochures and that there was a real radiator emblem ( may be from a prototype ?).

9.4 cm x  6.9 cm

official sales brochure of 1927

flat backside without makers mark

ILSE emblem before soft restoration as some philistine drilled two holes in it.

copy of the official German handbook listing all car producer in 1927

In the 1926 Motor Magazin from Gustav Braunbeck you find this photo showing the details of the motor

 Indeed there was a prototype only. For more information please read the comment from Mr. Bentheim, the grandson of the chief engineer !
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Apr 5, 2021


SIMPLEX AUTOMOBILE CO.  ( 1907 - 1919 )


The SIMPLEX AUTOMOBILE CO of New York is not to be confused with the AMERICAN SIMPLEX. 

The history of the SIMPLEX AUTOMOBILE Company began in 1907 when the textile importer Mr. Herman Broesel bought the company S & M Simplex. The chief engineer there, Mr. Edward Franquist, developed a car with a powerful 4-cylinder engine, the first car called SIMPLEX 50. It sold well with more than 250 units.

In 1914 the company purchased the CRANE Motor Car Company . Now the company entered the luxury segment and offered chassis at a price of  $ 5, 000 and more.

Only 467 CRANE - SIMPLEX cars were built and production ceased after WWI in 1919.

1908 advertisment showing the bestseller SIMPLEX "FIFTY"

The next advertisment is showing a SIMPLEX emblem in the shape of a triangle. You can see that the eagle is fully detailed, still missing the word "CRANE" !


this emblem was probably mounted on the hubcap.


After the purchase of the CRANE Motor Company the radiator emblem was updated. Now you can read "CRANE" on the eagle:


Sizec. 8.0 cm x 5.0 cm
Year1914 - 1919 


backside without makers mark

this emblem was probably mounted on the hubcap.

Size 6.1 cm
Year1915 - 1919 


backside with makers mark from WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO. NEWARK N.J.

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Mar 28, 2021


COTTIN & DESGOUTTES / FRANCE  ( 1904 - 1933 )

The French car manufacturer Cottin & Desgouttes existed from 1904 to 1933. in 1904 Pierre Desgouttes left the BERLIET brand and decided to build cars under his own name. In 1905 he joined forces with Cyrille Cottin and the brand now received their final name.

In 1911, a branch was even established in Cambridge / England,  where the chassis imported from France were coachbuilt.

In 1922, the Type M was introduced, a small and very economical car that became the company's greatest success. As a late consequence of the world economic crisis, the company finally ended its activities in 1933.

 The star in the center of the emblem represents beauty:

On early emblems there are no dots between the names and the towns !

 7.3 cm 
Year1906- 1912


In 1911, a branch was  established in Cambridge / England,  where the chassis imported from France were coachbuilt:

1911 advertisment


early brochure showing the emblem

From the year 1913, you can find dots on the emblem between the names and the cities:

 7.1 cm 
Year1913- 1933

backside without makers mark

In the following advertisment comes the explanation why on the emblem are two city names "Paris" and "Lyon" :  the production plant was in Lyon and the administration in Paris.

Last not least there was a miniature emblem on a children pedal car:

Very charming ad for a C & D


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DE VECCHI / ITALY (  1905 - 1917 )

On November 24, 1905, Giuseppe De Vecchi and Ettore Strada founded the automobile brand "De Vecchi, Strada & C." The first vehicle they presented at the Turin Motor Show was a 4 cylinder 10/12 HP car, which was built for two years in very small numbers. 

In 1908 this company was liquidated and re-established as De Vecchi & C..

In 1913 De Vecchi & C. also participated in the Targa Florio race in Sicily.

After the entry of Italy into the First World War, the company decided to build military equipment, ambulances, etc.. In 1917, the activities ceased completely.

It is estimated that about 2000 vehicles were built in total. However, there are no exact figures.

From the beginning, the emblem of this brand shows two hands clasping a steering wheel:

very rare chassis plate of the first DE VECCHI STRADA (1905 - 1906)

  11.2 cm x 5.9 cm 
 1905 - 1906 

Re-enameled emblem

8.0 cm 
Year1907 - 1917
Estimate f

original blank of a DE VECCHI radiator emblem


1909 advertisment showing the emblem

DE VECCHI serving the Italian army


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BERNARD french truck


 BERNARD / FRANCE  ( 1929 - 1962 )

BERNARD was a very famous truck in France, producing heavy duty trucks from 1929 to 1962.
They always had this lovely emblem on the front showing a model. Only in 1936 there was another emblem.
 No, her name is not Eleanor V. Thornton...          It is a man !
That means: The body and the muscles from a perfect athlete.
I only know this two emblem colors: orange and light green.

 5.6 cm x 8.5 cm
Year1929 - 1962


backside without makers mark





1955 advertisment showing the emblem


 The next shown emblem was used in 1936 only. You see the two letters  E B in the middle of the emblem. It can be assumed that Ettore Bugatti forbade Eduard Bernard the consise use of the two letters EB, and therefore the Bernard company had to re-mount the old emblem as of 1937 and continuously do so until the middle of the 1950s.


 5.7 cm x 7.0  cm

1936 emblem: backside without makers mark

contemporary photo of a 1936 BERNARD truck


1936 advertisment with emblem

my BERNARD exposition


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