June 19, 2020


Crest Manufacturing Co. (1901-1905)

Cambridge & Dorchester, Massachusetts

This is a Crestmobile nameplate/serial plate (c1901or 1902)   mwc
Size: 83mm wide 30mm high

The first Crestmobile car was introduced in 1901 and was a single-cylinder chain-driven two-seater runabout offered in engine sizes up to 5 hp. Shaft drive replaced chain drive in 1903 and in 1904 a new 8-1/2 hp single-cylinder model was introduced.

The Crest Manufacturing Company exhibited a 15 hp two-cylinder model in 1904 and 1905 but the two-cylinder model was never promoted nor put into production. The Crest Manufacturing Company was in serious financial difficulties and it was all over by early 1905, although previously produced Crestmobiles continued to be sold into 1907.


The Crestmobile did not carry an emblem but did display the "Crestmobile" name on a combined maker's nameplate and serial plate, which was attached to the dash board or under the driver's seat, see early example above. This Crestmobile plate has the number "83" stamped on the front, which suggests a 1901 or 1902 date. This Crestmobile nameplate/serial plate is very rare.

The following Crestmobile Model D nameplate acts as a serial plate and also displays patent dates. This Crestmobile nameplate is also very rare.

 This is a Crestmobile Model D nameplate/serial & patent plate (c1903) mjs
Size: 77mm wide 44mm high 

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