April 29, 2019


Nyberg Automobile Works

Anderson, Indiana (1911-1913)

Chattanooga, Tennessee (1912-1913)

This is a Nyberg radiator emblem (c1912-1913)     mjs
Size: 66mm wide 38mm high   MM: Bastian Bros

Henry Nyberg had built a two-cylinder and a single-cylinder runabout in Chicago in 1903 and then undertook mainly repair work. He established the Nyberg Automobile Works in 1907 to reconstruct and sell second-hand cars but, in 1908, he announced plans to manufacture new cars. 

Nyberg moved to Anderson, Indiana in 1911 and began to produce a 35/40 hp four-cylinder five-passenger touring car. A 60 hp six-cylinder model joined the line in 1912 and Nyberg opened a second manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. By 1913, Nyberg was offering five basic passenger car models in a wide range of body styles.

Nyberg also offered a 1-1/2-ton four-cylinder strake-truck from 1912-1913.

Things appeared to be going well but the company was seriously short of cash and production of the Nyberg ceased abruptly in September 1913. Total production numbers for the Nyberg are not known.


The first Nyberg cars displayed a brass Nyberg script attached to the radiator core, see example below. Original Nyberg radiator scripts are rare.

This is a Nyberg radiator script (1911-c1912)      mjs
Size: 238mm wide

The white, blue and red enamel Nyberg radiator emblem shown above at the top of this post is very rare. 

The examples of original Nyberg photos and advertisements that I have seen do not show a radiator emblem. This makes it difficult to determine when Nyberg radiator emblems were first used. A surviving 1912 Nyberg displays the brass Nyberg radiator script but no radiator emblem. This car has been restored and the script may not be original. It is possible that the enamel Nyberg radiator emblem shown above at the top of this post was first used from about 1912 but I cannot confirm this.

If you can confirm the dates of use of the Nyberg script or radiator emblem, please let me know in order to update this post.

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