February 11, 2020

MORGAN

Morgan Motor Co. (1902-1903)

R L Morgan Co. (1908-1912)

Morgan Motor Truck Co. (1912-1913)

Worcester, Massachusetts


This is a Morgan Motor Truck combined maker's nameplate and serial plate (1912)     mjs
Size: 180mm wide 107mm high

The original Morgan truck in 1902 was a heavy steam truck powered by a two-cylinder compound engine but few were made.

A second attempt came in 1908 with reorganization of the company as the R.L.Morgan Company and production of a 40 hp four-cylinder gasoline powered truck with double chain drive. 

In 1912 the company was reorganized again as the Morgan Motor Truck Company and a line of 2-ton, 3-ton and 5-ton capacity trucks was introduced. Morgan trucks were offered until 1913. The same trucks were then continued in production until 1920 under the name Steele.

Emblems

From about 1910 and possibly earlier, the Morgan truck had a painted cast metal, combined maker's plate and serial plate mounted on the side of the driver's cab, see example shown above at the top of this post and in the photos below. The Morgan maker's plate and serial plate shown above is from a 5-ton Morgan truck built in 1912 and is very rare.

This is a Morgan truck (date unknown)    tom
Hillsborough Historical Society

This is a close up showing the Morgan maker's/serial plate by the driver's cab

The photo above shows a Morgan truck with a 1913 license plate. It is noted that there is no other radiator emblem or nameplate. 

I do not know, if any other Morgan trucks carried a radiator emblem. If you have any details or photos of Morgan radiator emblems or nameplates, please let me know in order to update this post.



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