Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Kissel Motor Car Company-- Part 2

The company made 35,000 automobiles, of which only 150 are known to exist today.  The Wisconsin Automobile Museum of Hartford has several of them.

The most famous Kissel car was probably the one the company donated to Hollywood actress Anita King for her transcontinental journey in 1915 that marked the first-ever such trip by a single female driving alone.

The most popular Kissel model was the 1919 Speedster, nicknamed the Gold Bug.  One each of these were owned by Fatty Arbuckle and Amelia Earhart.

In 1927, the company began producing  the sporty White Eagle Speedster.

Kissel Motor Car Company used the Mercury as its logo.  In the late 1930s, Henry Ford requested use of it as the logo of his new car line.

In 1935, Kissel manufactured outboard motors and were a major supplier of Sears & Roebuck.

In 1942, Kissel was sold to the West Bend Aluminum Company.


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