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Grant Six Radiator Emblem

Grant Six Radiator Emblem

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This radiator emblem belonged to a Grant Six automobile that was manufactured by the Grant Motor Car Company in Cleveland, Ohio from 1912 until 1913. The car was designed by Henry Elmer, who moved his automobile operation from Elkhart to Cleveland to produce the Grant Six, with backing from the Grant-Lees Machine Company. The car had a six-cylinder, 50 hp engine and sold for $2750. This oval radiator emblem has a blue enamel background with the raised lettering “GRANT/SIX” in the center. The rim of the badge is colored red and reads “MFG. BY GRANT MOTOR CAR CORP./CLEVELAND, OHIO,. U.S.A.”
Radiator emblems are small, colorful metal plates bearing an automobile manufacturer's name or logo that attached to the radiators grilles of early automobiles. Varying in shape and size, the emblems served as a small branding device, sometimes indicating the type of engine, place of manufacturing, or using an iconic image or catchy slogan to advertise their cars make and model. This emblem is part of the collection that was donated by Hubert G. Larson in 1964.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
emblem, radiator
ID Number
TR.325528.116
accession number
260303
catalog number
325528.116
Credit Line
Hubert G. Larson
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Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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The "Grant Motor Car Company" and the "Grant Motor Car Corp." of Cleveland are two totally unrelated companies. The badge emblem is from a Grant Six from the Grant Corp. that moved from Findlay Ohio around 1915-1916. The Grant started in Detroit by the Grant brothers, in about 1913-1914 they moved to Findlay and assembled four cyl buggies. By 1914-1915 they were building the Grant Six. It was shipped and sold around the world, including Australia, There is still at least one restored Grant Six "down under". The Grant Motor Car Corp. built cars until 1922

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