Feb 5, 2023


MANNESMANN / Germany  ( 1913 - 1928 )

The German  MANNESMANN - MULAG  ( = MOTOREN UND LASTWAGEN AG ) started truck production in Aachen one year before WW I in 1913. The monthly output was about 80 - 100 vehicles.
They designed one of the most craziest radiator emblems in truck history:
you see two  men with a rope in their hands standing with both feet firmly on the globe. On the right side you see the truck where this emblem was mounted. Make  your own sense of it........
Nevertheless it is one of my all time favorites.

 10.2 cm x 7.5 cm
Year1913 - 1919

reverse without makers mark
before restoration
contemporary ad with emblem

on top you see an original MANNESMANN brooche

this emblem was patented in 1917

advertisment showing the truck and the emblem

The MANNESMANN company tried to  enter the privat car business in 1923 without success.
About 2,000 cars were built at the factory in Remscheid. MANNESMANN stopped the production in 1928. Not a single car survived.
The emblem is super rare. You have to look years for it.

before restoration

don´t give up,  quite every emblem is restorable

Size 14.5 cm x 3.3 cm
Year1923 - 1928

backside without makers mark

1923 advertisment. You see details of the emblem in the background !

When starting production in 1923 they used for a short time a vee - shaped radiator:

photo from  vorkriegs-klassiker-rundschau.blog

photo from  vorkriegs-klassiker-rundschau.blog showing the radiator with emblem and mascot

brochure with printed emblem and original emblem

 In 1928, even a luxury-class vehicle with an 8-cylinder engine was  offered. But it was the wrong vehicle at the wrong time.
As far as I know, the Mannesmann car never had a star-shaped radiator mascot like the one shown in the picture. But you can see this star in the next advertisment:

MANNESMANN itself calls the star in the advertisement the Druid's Cross (Druidenkreuz):

Nowadays, the Druid cross is known as the Celtic cross.

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