September 25, 2021

BUSH

Bush Motor Co. (1916-1925)

Chicago, Illinois


This is a Bush radiator emblem (dates unknown)     mjs
Size: 53mm diameter    MM: Unknown

The Bush was a mail order motor car. It was a relatively ordinary assembled car, which grew from a 20 hp four-cylinder touring car in 1916 to a 45 hp six-cylinder model by 1924.

John H.Bush advertised the Bush in popular magazines and sent out brochures. Payment was required in advance of an order, which was then placed with one of several motor car manufacturing companies, which had agreed to build the Bush. These companies included Crow-Elkhart, Norwalk and Piedmont. When an order and a check had been received from John H Bush, the manufacturing company would attach a Bush emblem to the next car on the assembly line, and ship it directly to the customer.

Over time, the several car manufacturers making Bush cars went out of business. Bush failed to find replacement manufacturers to support his business and it was all over by 1925.

Emblems

The black and white enamel Bush radiator emblem shown above is extremely rare.

The following blue and white Bush radiator emblem appears to be a variation of the emblem shown at the top of this post. This Bush radiator emblem is also extremely rare.

This is a Bush radiator emblem (dates unknown)    sam
Size: 53mm diameter    MM: Unknown

The following Bush radiator emblem appears to have been used on a higher quality, more expensive model, which was built by the Piedmont Motor Car Company, as shown further below, but I am unaware of the details. This Bush radiator emblem is also extremely rare.

This is a Bush DeLuxe radiator emblem (date unknown)    sam
Size: 57mm diameter    MM: Unknown

The following photo shows a restored Bush De Luxe car built by the Piedmont Motor Car Company. The radiator emblem can just be seen.


This shows the radiator of a Bush De Luxe   hugh hemphill

I am unable to confirm the precise dates of use of the Bush emblems shown here. If you have details of specific dates, please let me know, in order to update this post.



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