December 20, 2016

KATO

Four Traction Automobile Co. (1908-1913)

Mankato, Minnesota


This is a Kato delivery wagon emblem (1908-1913)     mjs
Size: 104mm wide  53mm high  MM: None





The Four Traction Automobile Company was established in Mankato in 1908 (see Four Traction). By the end of 1908, 25 vehicles, including cars and trucks, were under construction.

The Kato truck was powered by a four-cylinder engine and had a capacity of 1-1/2-tons. A 3-ton model was offered in 1913 but the Four Traction company was sold in early 1913, after a total production of about 30 trucks.

Emblem

The original photo below shows a 1910 Kato truck displaying a Kato nameplate/emblem on the side of the body under the driver's seat.

This is a Kato truck showing a nameplate (1910)     aaw

The Kato emblem shown above at the top of this post was used on a Kato delivery wagon or truck and is extremely rare.


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