October 20, 2017

ARGO

Argo Motor Co. (1914-1916)

Hackett Motor Car Co. (1916-1918)

Jackson, Michigan


This is an Argo emblem (1914-1916)     mjs
Size: 59mm diameter   MM: Unknown

Initially the Argo was a 12 hp four-cylinder cyclecar using wire wheels, which had been called the Ajax in France and which was brought to America in 1914 by Benjamin Briscoe with a changed drive mechanism and a new emblem.

Cyclecars went out of fashion in the US and in 1916 the Argo was changed to a larger, more conventional assembled car. The new Argo was a 22 hp four-cylinder car offered in roadster and touring body styles. The car was sold as the Wego until later in 1916 when Briscoe sold the Company to Mansell Hackett, who reorganized as the Hackett Motor Car Company. Hackett dropped the Wego name and continued the assembly of the Argo from parts on hand until January 1918.

Emblem

The metal Argo emblem shown above is rare. This emblem is known to have been used as a hub emblem but may also have been used as a radiator emblem. However, I cannot confirm this.   

I have not seen another Argo emblem. If you have details of a Wego emblem or other emblems for the Argo car, please let me know in order to update this post.

Please do not confuse the Argo car with the Argo Electric car made in Saginaw, Michigan, which had a different emblem (see Argo Electric).

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