December 05, 2020


Penn Motor Car Co. (1911-1912)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This is a Penn radiator emblem (1911-1912)     jab  
Size: 63mm high 55mm wide     MM: Unknown    

The Penn Motor Car Company was established in Pittsburgh in 1910 and the 30 hp four-cylinder Penn Thirty was introduced in early 1911 and offered in roadster and touring body styles. In 1912 a 45 hp four-cylinder model was added to the line. In addition to passenger cars Penn built a 3/4-ton delivery truck which had a 22 hp four-cylinder engine and shaft drive. 

A new factory was built in New Castle in Pennsylvania and Penn moved in but was petitioned for bankruptcy before starting production there. The Penn was out of business by 1913.


Penn advertisements in 1911 include a photo of a Penn Thirty with a radiator emblem, see example shown below:

This is a Penn 30 ad showing a radiator emblem (1911)  pinterest

This is the white and blue enamel Penn radiator emblem shown above at the top of this post. This Penn radiator emblem is extremely rare.

The Penn Thirty displayed at The Frick Pittsburgh also displays a brass "Penn" script attached to the radiator core, see below:

Penn Thirty with rad emblem & script (1911)  thefrickpittsburgh

Close-up showing Penn radiator script (1911)   conceptcarz

Emblem collectors should beware, as there are reproduction Penn emblems, which are clearly distinguished by their incorrect colors, see example shown below:

This is a reproduction Penn 30 emblem     khc

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