December 26, 2016

TUDHOPE

Tudhope-McIntyre Co. (1908-1909)

Tudhope Motor Co. Ltd. (1910-1913)

Orillia, Ontario


This is a Tudhope 4-36 radiator emblem (1912-1913)    hcg
Size: 97mm wide 57mm high    MM: Unknown

Tudhope was an established buggy and carriage builder in Orilla, Ontario when it decided to begin to manufacture motorized buggies. In 1908, Tudhope made a contract with the Kiblinger Company of Auburn, Indiana to supply engines and the first motorized buggies were ready for road testing in the summer of 1908.

It is not clear how many Tudhope buggies were built before W H McIntyre, the Kiblinger factory manager, bought out the Kiblinger Company and formed the W H McIntyre Company in 1909. The Tudhope Company entered an agreement with the W H McIntyre Company to build the two-cylinder, chain driven, McIntyre highwheeler in Canada and the Tudhope-McIntyre Company was established.

The Tudhope-McIntyre built in Orilla was available as a roadster, touring or pick-up truck and was well received, but the Tudhope factory was destroyed by fire in August 1909. A new factory was ready in Orilla by December 1909 and some further production of the Tudhope-McIntyre may have taken place.

Estimates of the total production of the Tudhope-McIntyre are unclear but over 500 units are referred to in some references. This estimate is most likely to include the Tudhope motorized buggies produced before the agreement with the W H McIntyre Company. Total McIntyre production in Auburn was only 264 in 1909.

A new Tudhope Motor Company was set up in 1910 and secured the rights to manufacture the Everitt motor car and in 1911 began to build the Everitt 30. The cars carried the Everitt name but all the parts were made in Canada.  For 1912, the Everitt name was dropped and the cars were now called Tudhope, although they were still Everitt by design and carried the Everitt model designations. 

Everitt production ceased in the US in 1912 but Tudhope continued for a while even though sales began to fall. The final Tudhope model for 1913 was a six-cylinder car with electric lighting, probably based on the Everitt Six-48. But it was all over for the Tudhope by the summer of 1913.  

Emblems

The first Tudhope-McIntyre highwheeler buggies had no radiator and were unlikely to have had an emblem. However, a brass "Tudhope" script was displayed on the radiator on some models built in 1909 and the "Tudhope-McIntyre" name appeared on the combined nameplate and serial plate, see example below. This serial plate is extremely rare.

This is a Tudhope-McIntyre serial plate (c1909)    sam
Size: 127mm wide 32mm high

I do not have a good photo of the "Tudhope" brass radiator script and I do not know if there was a "Tudhope-McIntyre" radiator script. If you have photos of either of these radiator scripts, please send me a copy to update this post.

The Everitt 30 radiator emblem shown below was used on a Tudhope built car in 1911 and is extremely rare.

This is a radiator emblem for an Everitt 30 built by Tudhope (1911)    mjs
Size: 97mm wide 57mm high    MM: Unknown

The Tudhope radiator emblem shown above at the top of this post was used on an Everitt 4-36 car built by Tudhope in 1912-1913 and is also extremely rare.

The emblem shown below is a Tudhope hub emblem and is very rare:

This is a Tudhope hub emblem (1911-1913)     ms











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