K-R-I-T Motor Car Company
|Genre||Touring cars, roadsters|
|Headquarters||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
K-R-I-T (or simply "Krit") was a small automobile manufacturing company (1909–1916) based in Detroit, Michigan.
Its name probably originated from Kenneth Crittenden, who provided financial backing and helped design the cars. The emblem of the cars was a swastika (a symbol that was not yet sullied by Nazism at the time). 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.
- 1913 K-R-I-T "KT" 5-Passenger Touring at the National Automobile Museum.
- Once teeming with auto plants, Detroit now home to only a few nameplates (Detroit News 15 January 2000)
- Imperial Automobile Company. Pawtucket, Rhode Island: The Automobile Journal Publishing Co. 1912.
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