August 12, 2020

FULLER (1)

Angus Automobile Co. (1908-1910)

Angus, Nebraska


This is a Fuller maker's nameplate (c1908)     mjs
Size: 93mm wide 47mm high

The Fuller brothers were makers of wagons and buggies. They made their first automobile when they bought a single-cylinder engine and fitted it to one of their horse drawn carriages. The brothers spent some years getting motor car building experience and then started their own production line in 1908. The Fuller automobiles were mainly four-cylinder cars with a six-cylinder model offered in 1908 only.

Residents in the nearby town of Nelson bought a controlling share of the Angus company and, in 1910, this majority of shareholders decided to relocate the Fuller operation to Nelson, but the car did not survive the move. Total production was about 134 cars.

Emblem

The Fuller displayed the "FULLER" name on a small maker's nameplate attached to the body of the car, see the example shown above at the top of this post. This Fuller nameplate is very rare.

Based on a search of original photos, manufacturer's literature and advertisements, and advice from the Nebraska State Historical Society, I can find no evidence of a radiator emblem or a radiator script having been originally used on the Fuller built in Nebraska.

A restored 1908 Fuller Model A displays a brass "Fuller" script on the radiator core, see photo below, but this script is not original. This is a reproduction script made many years ago when the car was first restored. It is not at all certain that the reproduction script was based on an original Nebraska-built Fuller script. In particular, this Fuller script is most likely to have been copied from a script made for the Fuller car built in Jackson, Michigan (see Fuller (2)).



Reproduction radiator script. which may not be correct for the Nebraska-built Fuller

If you have any confirmed evidence of Fuller emblems or radiator scripts originally made for the Nebraska-built Fuller car, please let me know, in order to update this post. A confirmed "Fuller" radiator script for the Nebraska-built Fuller, if it does exist, would be extremely rare.






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