Pilot Motor Car Company Radiator Emblem

Pilot Motor Car Company Radiator Emblem

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This radiator emblem belonged to a Pilot automobile manufactured by the Pilot Motor Car Company of Richmond, Indiana between 1909 and 1924. The Pilot was an assembled car, and was available in a variety of body models selling from $1500 to $3000. The emblem reads “RICHMOND/PILOT/INDIANA.”
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.325528.191
accession number
260303
catalog number
325528.191
Credit Line
Hubert G. Larson
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Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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