K-R-I-T Motor Car Company

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K-R-I-T Motor Car Company
Former type Automobile Manufacturing
Industry Automotive
Genre Touring cars, roadsters[1]
Founded 1909
Defunct 1916
Headquarters Detroit, Michigan, United States
Area served United States
Products Vehicles
Automotive parts

K-R-I-T (or simply "Krit") was a small automobile manufacturing company (1909–1916) based in Detroit, Michigan.

History[edit]

1911 KRIT motor car Advertisement

Its name probably originated from Kenneth Crittenden, who provided financial backing and helped design the cars. The emblem of the cars was a swastika. Krit occupied two different sites during its history: the first one it took over from the Blomstrom car, and in 1911 moved to the works that had been used by R. M. Owen & Company who had moved to become Owen Magnetic. The cars were conventional 4-cylinder models and many were exported to Europe and Australia. The outbreak of World War I seriously damaged the company and it failed in 1915. A few cars were subsequently assembled from remaining parts.

In 1911 the KRIT Motor Company was purchased by Walter S Russel of the Russel Wheel and Foundry Company.[2]

Surviving examples[edit]

Logo prominently showing the swastika emblem

See also[edit]

1912 KRIT motor car Advertisement
1917 KRIT Motor Car Co. - Patterns available

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