Rainier Motor Car Co.
Flushing, New York (1905-1907)
Saginaw, Michigan (1907-1909)
Marquette Motor Company (1909-1911)
|This is a Rainier radiator emblem (c1910-1911) mjs|
Size: 54mm diameter MM: Unknown
The Rainier Motor Car Company was organized by John T Rainier in 1905 to produce the Rainier motor car. The first Rainier car was a 22/28 hp four-cylinder touring model which did well in contests as a hill climber and in other events. The Rainier was assembled at a plant at Flushing in Queens, New York on chassis built by Garford in Elyria. A larger 30/35 hp four-cylinder town car joined the line in 1906.
In mid-1907 the company moved to Saginaw, Michigan to build the complete Rainier car including the chassis. By now the Rainier had grown to a larger and more powerful 40/50 hp four-cylinder car offered in touring and limousine body styles. But the company was unable to raise cash due to the financial panic of 1907 and was in receivership by November 1908.
John Rainier bought the New York assets of the defunct Rainier Motor Car Company, the "Rainier" name and the goodwill of the company, and moved back to New York City, where he reorganized the Rainier Motor Car Company.
Some time later, in 1916, John T Rainier started a new Rainier truck manufacturing business in New York (see Rainier Truck).
The first Rainier cars in 1905 were unlikely to have carried a radiator emblem but may have had the Rainier name on the hub caps and on a serial plate, although I cannot confirm this.
The Rainier company used a script logo, which can be seen on the 1906 Rainier advertisement shown below:
|This is an advertisement showing the "Rainier" script logo (1906) ms|
A Rainier brochure, also for 1906, includes a small illustration of the Rainier Model B, see below:
|This is a factory illustration of the Rainier Model B showing a radiator emblem (1906) hfrc|
This factory illustration suggests that the 1906 Rainier Model B carried a small radiator emblem. Some early American cars had the radiator manufacturer's emblem on the radiator but it is possible that this may have been a Rainier emblem, although I cannot confirm this. If, indeed, this was a Rainier emblem, it would most likely have shown the Rainier script logo. This Rainier emblem would be extremely rare.
The small brass nameplate shown below may have been used on early Rainier cars but I cannot confirm this. It may have been cut from a larger maker's plate.
|This may be a Rainier nameplate (date unknown) mjs|
Size: 90mm wide 19mm high
The following is an original photo showing a Rainier car taken in 1908. The car shown may be a 1908 or a 1907 model. However, this 1908 photo shows a small "Rainier" script probably soldered to the radiator tank top. This Rainier script would be very rare.
|This is a Rainier car showing a small Rainier script at the top of the radiator (1908) dpl|
The 1908 or possibly 1907 Rainier shown above did not carry a larger "Rainier" script on the radiator core. The following much more recent photo shows a surviving 1908 Rainier Model D car with a large "Rainier" script attached to the radiator core. However, this may have been added some time after 1908.
|This is a Rainier Model D showing a "Rainier" radiator script (1908) bonhams|
I do not know exactly when such scripts were first used on Rainier cars but the following original photo of a Rainier car taking part in the New York to Atlanta Good Roads Tour in 1909 clearly shows a "Rainier" radiator script. It is also noted that the small radiator top "Rainier" script seen in the original 1908 photo is now absent.
|This photo shows a Rainier car with a large Rainier radiator script (1909) dpl|
The Rainier script is also clearly visible on the original factory photo from 1910 shown below:
The enameled Rainier radiator emblem shown above at the top of this post must have been used at a later date, most probably in late 1910 or 1911. This Rainier radiator emblem is extremely rare.
The Rainier emblem shown below is also extremely rare. It is a metal only emblem and was certainly used on a Rainier car built by the Marquette Motor Company. It may have been the hub emblem but could be a radiator emblem, although this is not confirmed.
|This may be a Rainier hub emblem (1909-1911) mjs|
Size: 67mm diameter MM: None