Feb 27, 2022


S.T.E.L.A. / FRANCE ( 1941 - 1944  ) 

Hubert Pascal founded the company in Villeurbanne in 1941 and began producing automobiles. The brand name was S.T.E.L.A.  resp. Stéla.  Automobile production ended in 1944. It is said that commercial vehicles were still being produced until 1948. S.T.E.L.A. stands for Service de la Traction Électrique Légere à Accumulateur.

The company produced only electric cars, as gasoline was scarce in France during World War II. Among other things, there was the RCA model, a four-door, five-seater sedan.

Years ago I found this emblem and thought it might belong to a Swiss automobile brand. But the Swiss one is written STELLA and not S.T.E.L.A. . 

  8.3 cm x 3.3 cm
1925 - 1928

In  Georgano´s automobile   encyclopedia, there is  no car maker that spells S.T.E.L.A. .That is why it took me a long time to be able to assign the emblem with 100% certainty. I then found the assignment and the proof in the advertisement shown below:

The first car had a quasi-primitive design with straight sheet metal on the flanks and fenders.

Obviously, this design was then still too primitive, because in 1942 there was a much more pleasing car:

       If you look closely, you can also see the emblem on the hood (photo: source  dewiki.de)

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

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