Mar 23, 2020

PRESTO / Germany

The PRESTO Werke were well known for 2-wheelers, bicycles and motorcycles before they started car production in Chemnitz / Saxony in 1901. The first models had a single cylinder engine.
In 1908 some prototypes started in the Prinz-Heinrich-Fahrt, a famous race at that time.
The production of a  home designed 4-cylinder car started in 1910. In their last year of existence they offered a six-cylinder engine. But the same year PRESTO was taken over by NAG and the six-cylinder model was offered as NAG - PRESTO.

very early PRESTO firewall emblem

Size  9.7 cm x 6.4 cm
Year1901  - 1904


1909 PRESTO showing a round emblem with wings

The next enameled emblem was round and you could read on it: Prestowerke AG  Chemnitz SA.
If have never seen an original emblem, so I can show you pictures only from both cars with emblems on the radiator.

PRESTO type P8/22  1910 - 1912 photo  collection Michael Schlenger  (Vorkriegs-Klassiker-Rundschau)                            

The next emblem is a 1912 truck emblem. From 1912 to 1927 PRESTO used a round emblem.  In the upper half of the emblem you can read PRESTO and in the bottom half you find the winged wheel over a cloud:

large PRESTO truck emblem

Size8.8 cm

Year 1912 - 1914


1912 PRESTO truck seen in a German museum

For a short time they used  emblems without the makers name, just showing the winged wheel over a cloud. I guess that it was used in combination with a radiator script.

  5.1 cm

There were some variations of this emblem concerning the colors and the size.

PRESTO emblem with chromed base
 6.3 cm 
 1925 - 1927

PRESTO car wash (photo collection Thomas Ulrich)

Emblem of a vee - shaped radiator

 6.4 cm 
 1921 - 1925 

PRESTO with vee - shaped radiator (photo collection T. Urich )

 In November 1926 PRESTO presented the first Six-cylinder model using the traditional emblem:

Page 1 of the 1926 / 1927 Six-cylinder brochure

 In November 1927 PRESTO was taken over by NAG and the Six-cylinder models were carried under the name NAG - PRESTO:

 3.8 cm x 5.6 cm resp.  6.1 cm x 7.5 cm
 1927 - 1928

There is also a repro emblem mady in Germany by Göde:

Look at the wrong colors on the bottom:  black and white only instead of black, white, green and grey

repro emblem with makers mark from Göde

 See more about NAG here.

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