October 22, 2020


Barley Motor Car Co. (1924-1925)

Kalamazoo, Michigan

This is a Pennant taxicab radiator emblem (1924-1925)    sam
Size: 63mm diameter    MM: Unknown

The Barley Motor Car Company produced the expensive Roamer automobile and the lower priced Barley automobile and taxicab. In the summer of 1923, the Barley taxicab was renamed the Pennant (see Barley).

The Pennant was a four-cylinder vehicle powered by a Buda engine. It had distinctive body work by Millspaugh & Irish. The upper half was finished in maroon and the lower half in ivory. It had a nickel plated radiator, red disc wheels and a Pennant logo on the passenger doors. The interior included a dome light and heater and was finished in brown leather upholstery. 

It was expected that the Pennant would be produced in large numbers as a city taxi but it could not compete with the Checker taxicab, which was also made in Kalamazoo, and it was all over by the end of 1925.


The deep maroon and white enamel Pennant radiator emblem shown above is very rare.

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