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 as his automobiles were too expensive and he had to stop automobile production in 1927.  There are at least 9 LEY cars still known in existence.


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

Size12.7 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
Sizec.  4.5 cm x 6.5 cm
Yearc. 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

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


contemporary photo showing a 1919 LEY with vee-shaped radiator and the (red / white ) emblem




Size9.1 cm  x 8.0 cm
Year  1922 - 1925
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1910 LORELEY automobile. The white emblem in the middle of the radiator was probably  added  in the nineteentwenties   ( picture collection K. Dierks )


LEY advertisment of 1922 showing the emblem


1925 advertisment

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