December 30, 2016

CHALMERS-DETROIT

Chalmers-Detroit Motor Co. (1908-1910)

Detroit, Michigan


This is a Chalmers-Detroit radiator emblem (1909-1910)    sac
Size: 58mm diameter   MM: Unknown
   

The Chalmers-Detroit Motor Company was set up in 1908 and the first cars were marketed as 1909 models. Initially, they were Thomas-Detroit motor cars under a new name, Chalmers-Detroit, and were successful in racing car contests in 1908-1909. Some of America's wealthiest businessmen owned Chalmers-Detroit motor cars, including the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers.

Late in 1910 Chalmers-Detroit reorganized into the Chalmers Motor Company and all cars thereafter were known simply as Chalmers.

Emblems

The Chalmers-Detroit radiator emblem shown above is one of the earliest enamel radiator emblems used in America and is very rare. Early Chalmers-Detroit cars also had a brass script attached to the radiator core, see example below.

This is a Chalmers-Detroit radiator script (c1908-1909)    mjs
Size: 510mm

The Chalmers-Detroit radiator emblem shown below is a very different design to the radiator emblem shown above at the top of this post. Original Chalmers-Detroit radiator emblems with this design are extremely rare.

This is a Chalmers-Detroit radiator emblem (possibly 1908)      ms
Size: Unknown    MM: Unknown

The fact that this is a radiator emblem is confirmed by the photo shown below of a severely corroded version of this emblem on a radiator:

This is a corroded Chalmers-Detroit radiator emblem attached to a radiator     ms
Size: Unknown

The Chalmers-Detroit radiator emblem shown at the top of this post has been seen on 1909  Chalmers-Detroit motor cars and a very similar radiator emblem design was used from late 1910 for the Chalmers car, which replaced the Chalmers-Detroit. This makes me suspect that the different Chalmers-Detroit radiator emblem shown above was used briefly in 1908 but I cannot confirm this date. If you have details about the use of this radiator emblem, please let me know, in order to update this post.



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