Nov 4, 2018

OM / Italy

OM / ITALY  (1918 - 1979 )

The Italian Officine Meccaniche (OM)  took control of the ZUEST automobile concern in 1918.
In fact the first car under their name was the old 25/35 hp ZUEST.   OM cars won the 1925 Tripoli Grand Prix and the 1927 Mille Miglia race. Car production ceased in 1931 and OM concentrated on commercial vehicles. The last  truck with an OM emblem was approximately built  in 1979.

This is the oldest photo , titeled OM, that I could find, showing two round emblems. Still waiting for better pictures. May be you can help ?

The well known OM emblem was oval.  There are multiple variations:

large OM radiator emblem
10.2 x  6.8 cm
Year1918 - 1925

1925 french advertisment for the OM SUPERBA

there was also a green version (rare )

OM radiator with emblem and motometer

The new (smaller ) OM radiator emblem was on their cars from 1925 to 1933:

oval emblem with transparent blue
 7.8 cm x 4.6 cm
Year1925 - 1933

backside without makers mark

there was also a version with a covering blue

1925 contemporary advertisment



1929 OM aluminium emblem seen in the museum in Torino. I don´t think that the rivets are original.

Finally a round OM emblem. I guess that it was mounted at the engine.

diameter  4.5 cm  ( engine emblem ? )

Here one of my all time favorites:

one of the most beautiful  badges ever made ( see next photos )

 9.9 cm

I needed years to verify this emblem: Now I know it was on the doors of the 1939 OM trucks ! The emblem  is a combination of the Suisse SAURER truck emblem and the Italian OM emblem  as the OM was built under licence.

between the stripes the beautiful door emblem

simplified version of the OM / SAURER emblem on the motor block

May be there was also a rectangular OM radiator emblem as showing on an offical sales brochure:

wanted: if you have to sell this emblem don´t hesitate to contact me

There a lot of OM truck emblems.  These are my favorites:

20.0 cm x 12.0 cm
Year1960 - 1965

20 cm x 14.5  cm
Year1960 - 1965

post war OM truck emblem

one of the last OM trucks with oval plastic emblem


impressive OM collection

For more car and truck emblems see older posts or top right ( list of car makers ).

When using a smartphone please use the button webview.

No comments:

Post a Comment