August 29, 2022


Betz Motor Truck Co. (1919-1929)
Hammond, Indiana

This is a Betz nameplate (c1920)     mjs
Size: 200mm wide 75mm high    MM: None

The first Betz in 1919 was a 2-1/2-ton capacity truck and a 1-ton model was added in 1924, all of which used Buda four-cylinder engines. Some 1 to 1-1/2-ton capacity six-cylinder trucks were also made in the last four years of the Betz.


I have been unable to find any photos of Betz trucks but the following blueprint of a 2-1/2-ton Betz truck from 1920, shows a rectangular Betz nameplate displayed on the side of the driver's cab:

Betz two & half ton truck showing body side nameplate (1920)    fandom

This is the black painted aluminum Betz nameplate shown above at the top of this post. This Betz nameplate may have also been used as a radiator emblem but I cannot confirm this. This Betz nameplate is very rare.

If you have details of any other Betz emblems or nameplates, please let me know, in order to update this post.

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