March 31, 2021

COLONIAL

Colonial Car Co. (1917)

Detroit, Michigan 

Colonial Automobile Co. (1917-1918)

Indianapolis, Indiana


This is a Colonial radiator emblem (1917-1918)     sam
Size: 88mm wide 65mm high    MM: Unknown

The Colonial Car Company was reorganised as the Colonial Automobile Company and began to produce the 35 hp Colonial Six in Detroit in January 1917 but production moved to Indianapolis in July 1917.

However, the Colonial Six did not prove to be successful and it was all over by early 1918. Total production figures are not available but are likely to have been modest at best.

Emblem

The blue and white enamel Colonial radiator emblem shown above is very rare.

I have not seen a Colonial radiator emblem for the initial production made in Detroit. If you have details of such an emblem, please let me know in order to update this post. If such an emblem exists, it would be extremely rare.

Emblem collectors should beware, as there are reproduction Colonial emblems. There is a Pulfer reproduction, which is smaller than an original Colonial radiator emblem and rather crudely made, making it easy to see that it is a reproduction emblem, see example below:

This is a Pulfer reproduction Colonial radiator emblem     khc
Size: 67mm wide 50mm high

However, there is another reproduction Colonial emblem, possibly by Sheldon Greenland, which is close in size to an original emblem and more difficult to identify but a comparison with an original Colonial emblem reveals significant differences in the detailed design, see example below:

This is a reproduction Colonial radiator emblem     khc
Size: 92mm wide 65mm high






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