September 14, 2023


Enger Motor Car Co. (1909-1917)

Cincinnati, Ohio

This is an Enger radiator emblem (c1911-1915)     mjs
Size: 85mm wide 60mm high    MM: Unknown

Frank J Enger established the Enger Motor Car Company in 1909. The first Enger cars were 14 hp two-cylinder highwheelers but by 1910 the Enger was a standard 35/40 hp four-cylinder car powered by an overhead valve engine designed by Frank Enger. 

For the 1915 model year, the Enger was a conventional 30 hp six-cylinder model but in late 1915 Enger designed an unconventional twelve-cylinder car, which was called the Enger Twin Six. In late 1916 Enger introduced a lever in his 12-cylinder car, so that it could be run as a six by cutting off the fuel to one bank of cylinders.

In August 1916 the Enger Motor Car Company was reorganized to help bring in more capital and increase production capacity but Frank Enger commited suicide in January 1917 after being diagnosed with cancer. The company was finished by March 1917.


 The first Enger highwheeler cars and the first four-cylinder cars in 1910 displayed a brass "Enger" script on the radiator core, see original photo shown below:

This is an Enger 40 with a radiator script (c1910)     ms

Close up showing the "Enger" radiator script

I do not have a good photo of the "Enger" radiator script but the design was the same as the "Enger" script logo shown on Enger serial plates, see rare example below. Original Enger radiator scripts are very rare.

Enger serial plate showing the "Enger" script logo (1914)  ms

The Enger carried a blue and white enamel radiator emblem from late 1911 for the 1912 model year. This is the Enger emblem shown above at the top of this post and again below. This Enger radiator emblem is very rare.

This is an Enger radiator emblem (c1911-1915)    mjs
Size: 85mm wide 60mm high   MM: Unknown

Emblem collectors should beware as there are reproduction Enger radiator emblems on relatively thin metal plate with flat shiny backs.

The following advertisement introducing the Enger Twin Six shows the Enger twelve cylinder engine in the form of a logo:

Enger Twin Six ad showing engine logo (1915) ebay 

This Enger Twin Six logo depicting the unconventional Enger twelve-cylinder engine was used as the Enger Twin Six radiator emblem, see example shown below. This Enger Twin Six radiator emblem is extremely rare.

This is believed to be an Enger Twin Six radiator emblem (1915-1917)    sam
Size: 80mm high 73mm wide     MM: Unknown

Emblem collectors should beware, however, as there are reproduction versions of the Enger Twin Six emblem but they are crudely designed and lack detail in depth, see example shown below:

This is a reproduction Enger Six emblem  tcc

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