Jan 8, 2016

LEY / GER


Rudolf LEY started his automobile production in 1906 with the type LORELEY. This was a fine marketing idea because the LORELEY is a well known rock on the German river Rhein. Later he called his daughter Lore so there was another play upon words.
LEY never was a mass producer of cars so his automobiles were too expensive and he had to stop automobile production in 1927.  There are 8 LEY cars still known in existence.


Here you see the 1914 radiator emblem as shown on a 1914 sales brochure

Dimensions12.7 cm  x 14.7 cm
Year  1914
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There have been some more LEY radiator emblems:

The letters stand for Rudolf Ley

Dimensionsca.  4.5 cm x 6.5 cm
Yearca. 1924
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Just after WW I  another LEY  emblem was mounted on the radiator:


every LEY emblem is a hard to find item

Dimensions ca. 5.0 cm 
Year1919
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reverse of the 1919 radiator badge

LEY advertisment of 1922 showing the emblem

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

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