February 04, 2022

BARLEY

Barley Motor Car Co. (1922-1925)

Kalamazoo, Michigan


This is a Barley Six radiator emblem (1923-1924)      mjs
Size: 62mm wide 47mm high    MM: None

The Barley Motor Car Company had been manufacturing the Roamer car since 1916 (see Roamer) and in 1922 decided to build a new, medium-priced motor car to be called the Barley. Efforts were made to emphasise that the Barley was a separate make and not a model of the more prestigious and high-priced Roamer. It was made to look quite different also. 

The Barley was a 50 hp six-cylinder automobile with touring and sedan models introduced in late 1922 and with sports sedan and touring sedan models appearing later for the 1923 model year.  There was also a Barley taxicab. 

But the Barley was not a success and the Barley name was dropped after 1924 and the cars became models of the Roamer contrary to the original intent. The Barley taxicab was renamed Pennant and was continued into 1925 (see Pennant).

Emblems

The Barley Six that appeared in 1922 had a distinctive radiator and carried a small metal radiator emblem, which was sometimes painted, see example below:

This is a Barley Six (1923)   gcm

This is a black and red painted Barley Six radiator emblem. This Barley Six radiator emblem is very rare.

This is a Barley Six radiator emblem (1922-1923)    gcm
Size: 44mm wide 32mm high     MM: Unknown

The Barley Six radiator emblem shown at the top of this post is seen on an original period photo of a 1923 Barley Six, see below:

Barley Six touring with larger radiator emblem (1923)  shorpy

This larger Barley Six radiator emblem may have replaced the Barley Six radiator emblem shown earlier above later in 1923 and may also have been used on the Barley taxi cab but I cannot confirm this. This Barley Six radiator emblem is rare.

If you are able to confirm the specific use of the Barley radiator emblem shown at the top of this post, please let me know, in order to update the post.





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