October 19, 2019


Carhartt Automobile Corp. (1911-1912)

Detroit, Michigan

This is a Carhartt radiator emblem (1911-1912)     mwc
Size: 57mm diameter   MM: Whitehead & Hoag

Hamilton Carhartt was a successful manufacturer of overalls, who decided to go into the manufacture of automobiles. The Carhartt Automobile Corporation was established in March 1910 and the Carharrt was in production by August 1910. 

The first Carharrt cars in 1911 were a 35hp four-cylinder model offered in a wide variety of body styles and a 25hp four-cylinder Junior model. The range of body styles offered for 1912 was much reduced, although larger engine sizes were listed. However, it was all over for the Carharrt by March 1912. Very few cars were actually made.


The red, white and blue enamel radiator Carhartt radiator emblem shown above is a two piece emblem with a small metal model of a Carhartt car pinned into the center of the emblem. This Carhartt radiator emblem is very rare.

The following Carhartt radiator emblem follows the same design as the emblem shown above but is finished in paint over a gilt metal base and with a gilt metal model Carhartt car on top. This Carhartt radiator emblem is extremely rare.

This is a Carhartt radiator emblem (1911-1912)     mjs
Size: 57mm diameter   MM: Whitehead & Hoag

All the Carhartt radiator emblems that I have seen have been unused emblems. It would be extremely rare to find a used Carhartt radiator emblem showing the solder used to attach the emblem to the radiator.

Several ashtrays have been found in recent years with a Carhartt radiator emblem used as the base, see example below. Whether these ashtrays were used to advertise the Carhartt in 1911-1912 or were produced to use up spare emblems after the company failed is not known.

This is an ashtray with a Carhartt radiator emblem as base     mjs

Close up of the ashtray Carhartt emblem      mjs
Emblem Size: 57mm diameter    MM: Whitehead & Hoag

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