Nov 17, 2022

GRÄF & STIFT / AUSTRIA

 GRÄF & STIFT / AUSTRIA  ( 1905 - 1971 )

Wilhelm Sift and his son Willy had established business contacts with the three brothers Gräf after the foundation of the not very successful company "Celeritas" in order to found a new automobile factory. In 1906 they brought out the first car of their own design. In 1914, the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot dead in a Gräf & Stift on the open road. In the twenties, several 6-cylinder and one 8-cylinder car were built. In the thirties Citroen and Ford models were built under license. The production of passenger cars was abandoned in 1938 due to the lack of success in favor of truck production.


And here is  the first enameled radiator emblem:


                                                 emblem and chassis plate in one


Size14.5 cm x 5.5 cm
Yearc. 1912- 1914

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backside with makers mark from ALFRED STÜBBE BERLIN (!)


1907 advertisment: no automobile, no emblem, only letters !


early hubcap emblem still with the Austrian eagle


1911 review of the GRÄF & STIFT with technical details and the radiator





To my knowledge a new designed emblem was introduced in 1920:


In the middle of the emblem you see  the Roman I in a cercle as a sign of its self-awareness


Size
 15.0 cm x  6.0 cm (emblem only)

Year
 1920 - 1954

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There were quite a lot of different versions:

original emblem with here with opaque red



next version with opaque blue enamel


backside with makers mark from: STÖGER WIEN VII


early hubcap with emblem showing the new invented number " I "



1927 GRÄF & STIFT street cleaning truck in Vienna



another hubcap emblem

In 1934 / 35  GRÄF & STIFT built the CITROEN ROSALIE in licence, therefore the Citroen sign in the middle of the emblem:


 "moteur flottant " means:  floating power

Floating power was a new technology and means the attaching of a motor to its chassis with the intention to reduce vibrations.

And this is where the center piece of the GRÄF & STIFT emblem comes from :

original  CITROEN radiator emblem

 


The GRÄF & STIFT Type MF6,  a CITROEN licence had this particular mascot





After WWII GRÄF & STIFT continued to built trucks only.

In my opinion, this mascot here is the highlight in the history of GRÄF & STIFT:



Size15.0 cm x 20.0 cm
Year1954

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with base and perfect emblem








This is a giant three-dimensional representation of the famous lion as a front emblem.


Size
20.0  cm x 29.0 cm

Year
c. 1960- 1966

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The next development step: the front emblem becomes flatter, but is still three-dimensional:


Size
 19.5 cm
Yearc 1967 - 1970
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The last GRÄF & STIFT truck front emblem was made in plastic, but still impressive.


Size
 18.5 cm x 14.5 cm
Yearc. 1970 - 71
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Also a lion, but from BÜSSING,  not to be confused with GRÄF & STIFT shown above.


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

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