March 15, 2019


Columbus Motor Vehicle Co. (1902-1904)

Columbus, Ohio

This is a Santos Dumont manufacturer's nameplate plate (1902-1904)     mjs
Size: 90mm wide 38mm high

The Santos Dumont car was named after a famous French balloonist. The first Santos Dumont arrived in late 1902 and was a 12 hp two-cylinder four-passenger chain-driven tonneau. A single-cylinder 9 hp runabout was added in 1903 but by March 1903 the company was in financial trouble and was reorganized. The Santos Dumont became a 20 hp four-cylinder five-passenger model. The new owners planned to change the name of their car to Dumont but this did not happen because the company was bankrupt in 1904.


The Santos Dumont did not carry a radiator emblem but displayed a manufacturer's nameplate, as shown above, on the body of the vehicle. This Santos Dumont nameplate is rare.

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