January 27, 2024


G. H. Curtiss Manufacturing Co. (1920-1921)

Curtiss Motor Car Co.
Hammondsport, New York

This is a Curtiss automobile emblem (1920-1921)    alt
Size: Unknown   MM: Unknown

Glen Hammond Curtiss was an American aviation and motorcycling pioneer, and a founder of the US aircraft industry. He established the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor company, which is now part of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. Glen Curtiss was also an automobile enthusiast and had built a flying car, called the Curtiss Autoplane, in 1917. After the First World War, he decided to use his surplus aero engines to power a new motor car. 

The Curtiss automobile was designed by Miles Carpenter, the designer of the Phianna automobile, using a Phianna chassis and a 100 hp V-8 OX-5 aero engine modified for automotive use by the Curtiss chief engineer, Charlie Kirkham. The Curtiss automobiles were long-wheelbase, very fast passenger cars with advanced rakish body designs. Very few Curtiss automobiles were built.


The Curtiss emblem shown above was included in the Al Thurn collection and is believed to have been used on the Curtiss automobile. If this is indeed an original Curtiss automobile emblem, it would be extremely rare and possibly ultra rare.

If you have any other details of a Curtiss automobile emblem, please let me know, in order to update this post.

The following Curtiss emblem is believed to be an airplane emblem:

This is a Curtiss airplane emblem     mjs
Size: 51mm diameter    MM: Fox



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