K-R-I-T Motor Car Company

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K-R-I-T Motor Car Company
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.


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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