Jun 5, 2013


KING MOTOR CAR DETROIT radiator emblem badge
KING MOTOR CAR radiator emblem

Charles Brady KING  built his first car in 1896. He was an engineer,architect, musician, artist, writer, painter and yachtsman. In 1911 he started a real car production. 860 cars were sold. In December 1914, two month after CADILLAC, KING was on the market with an V-8 too. Advertised as "the world´s first popular priced Eight." [Kimes, Clark].
In 1915 they sold 2,670 car. Their best year was 1916 with 3,000 cars.

Here you see a 1918 radiator emblem.

Dimensions6.1 cm x 5.8 cm

backside of an original KING radiator emblem

KING 1915 radiator emblem
Dimensions7.2 cm x 5.0 cm

KING emblem with contemporary ad

KING radiator emblem

This radiator emblem is made in German silver. It is the last radiator emblem used from 1920 until the end of the KING Motor Car Company in 1923. The two holes are not original.
Dimensions5.4 cm 
Year1920 - 1923

backside of an original KING radiator emblem from 1920

For more beautiful emblems from other automobiles see top right of this page ( list of car makers ).


  1. A very, very nice and informative website. Very comprehensive for automobilia badge/emblem collectors. Even better is the emphasis on original emblems (with specifications). And, a brilliant, simple and elegant condition rating system!

    Bravo. Bravo!

    F. Clax - Mr. Motometer
    July 29, 2013

    1. Thank you for this comment. If possible I´ll indicate the differences between the original and an repro so every potential buyer has a chance for more informations before paying the price of an original.

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