Oct 5, 2014

MINERVA / BELGIUM

MINERVA was Belgium´s pioneer make, with Knight sleeve valve engines after 1909, attained high retail sales as fast  tourers (Charles S. Rolls was the London agent) as well as rather more formal cars for the nobility and gentry before the first World war.
In the Twenties MINERVA produced a wide range of humble Fours for the mass market, but a return to the upper crust with the AK 5.9-litre and AL 6.6 litre  (undoubtedly excellent cars) meant that MINERVA succumbed to harsh Depression winds and closes down car production in 1939.
Trucks were made until 1948 and the Land Rover was produced under license until 1956.

Here you see the well know MINERVA emblem made with white and red enamel showing the roman goddess MINERVA of wisdom.

Here the MINEREVA goddess is looking to the right

Dimensions
 6.3 cm 
Year
1911 - 1929
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MINERVA automobile seen at Brussels in the Autoworld museum




MINERVA goddess looking to the left saying " Anvers Belgique"  







Here you can read: " Antwerp Belgium"


Dimensions
 6.3 cm 
Year
1924
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There are much more MINERVA emblems.
This is the one year only 1929 blue emblem. It  is much rarer.


MINERVA goddess looking to the right

Dimensions
 6.3 cm 
Year
 1929
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MINERVA 1929 emblem with contemporary ad

Did you know that there was  an oval emblem ?





Dimensions
7.o cm x  5.5 cm

Year
 1933 - 1937

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Another  MINERVA emblem without  any enamel:

radiator emblem without enamel seen in Brussels at the Autoworld Museum




radiator emblem without enamel  seen in Brussels at the Autoworld Museum


Last not least there was a prototype emblem for the MINERVA SS with a twelve cylinder radial engine.
This protype emblem is made by Harry Pulfer who reproduced in the Nineteensixties a lot of extraordinairy emblems. The MINERVA 12 cylinder  car never went in production

Prototype emblem made by Harry Pulfer



After WWII from 1953 to 1956 the company produced a version of the Land Rover under license for the Belgian army


large aluminium radiator emblem

Dimensions17.0 x  10.5 cm
Year1953 - 1956
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For more beautiful car emblems see top right (list of car makers).

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