November 05, 2019

WOLVERINE

Reo Motor Car Co. (1927-1928)

Lansing, Michigan


This is a Wolverine radiator emblem (1928)      mjs
Size: 66mm wide 52mm high    MM: Unknown (probably D L Auld)

The Wolverine was manufactured by the Reo Motor Car Company as a smaller companion car to the Reo Flying Cloud (see Reo).

The Wolverine, introduced in May 1927, was an assembled 50 hp six-cylinder car offered initially as a brougham with cabriolet and sedan styles available in 1928. The Wolverine name was discontinued by Reo in December 1928.

Emblems

The first Wolverine radiator emblem was nickel plated and finished in transparent blue with a black enamel "6" and appeared in May 1927 for the 1927 model year, see example below. This Wolverine radiator emblem is rare.

This is a Wolverine radiator emblem (1927)    mjs
Size: 66mmwide 52mm high  MM: Unknown (probably D L Auld)

There is also a version of this Wolverine radiator emblem finished in opaque blue with a white enamel "6", which appears to have originally been gold plated, see example shown below. This Wolverine radiator emblem is extremely rare.

This is a Wolverine radiator emblem (1927)    sam
Size: 66mm wide 52mm high   MM: Unknown (probably D L Auld)

There is another example of this variation of the Wolverine radiator emblem in the Smithsonian Automobile Collection, see below:

This is a Wolverine radiator emblem (1927)    sac
Size: 66mm wide 52mm high   MM: Unknown (probably D L Auld)

The Wolverine radiator emblem was changed to a transparent red and white enamel "6" version, which was much more widely used, and may have been introduced in late 1927 for the 1928 model year, see example shown above at the top of this post and again below.  This Wolverine radiator emblem is scarce. This emblem usually appears to be un-plated but it was originally gold plated.

This is a Wolverine radiator emblem (1928)    mjs
Size: 66mmwide 52mm high   MM: Unknown (probably D L Auld)

Close examination of the photos of the two unusual Wolverine radiator emblems finished in blue and white, shown earlier above, suggest the possibility of paint in the opaque blue areas. If correct, this suggests the possibility that these emblems may have originally been 1928 model year emblems with red enamel centers but were over painted in blue. 






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