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1921 Kissel Model 6-45

The Kissel name was first associated with agricultural equipment, later with stationary gas engines. Beginning in 1906 and until the First World War, George and Wil Kissel built the KisselKar in Hartford, Wisconsin. With the advent of World War I, the name was thought to be too German so 'Kar' was dropped. Despite their conservative nature, the brothers set about building very progressive and stylish automobiles, including a rakish speedster first introduced in 1917.

By 1930, sales dropped significantly and Kissel fell into receivership in September of that year. During its heyday, the company attracted a rather formidable clientele: Fatty Arbuckle, Al Jolson, Eddie Duchin, Amelia Earhart, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, William S. Hart, and Rudy Vallee.


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1921 Kissel Model 6-45 vehicle information

Tourster

Built in Hartford, Wisconsin from 1907 to 1931, the Kissel was one of the early automotive pioneers. From 1907 until 1918 the car was known as the Kissel Kar, but that was dropped due to post-World War I anti-German sentiment. They also made trucks, ....[continue reading]

1921 Kissel Model 6-45 vehicle information

Speedster

Chassis Num: 3192

The first Kissel Speedster, dubbed the 'Silver Special,' debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in January 1919. It had been developed by stylists working with Kissel's New York distributor, Conover T. Silver; hence the name. The nickname 'Gold Bug' came f....[continue reading]

Tourster
 
Speedster
Chassis #: 3192 




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#1#2#3Kissel
1926Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (547,724)Buick (266,753)1,972
1925Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (306,479)Dodge (201,000)1,406
1924Ford (1,922,048)Chevrolet (264,868)Dodge (193,861)898
1923Ford (1,831,128)Chevrolet (323,182)Buick (210,572)1,127
1922Ford (1,147,028)Dodge (152,673)Chevrolet (138,932)561
1921Ford (1,275,618)Chevrolet (130,855)Buick (82,930)793
1920Ford (806,040)Chevrolet (146,243)Dodge (141,000)1,123
1919Ford (820,445)Chevrolet (129,118)Buick (119,310)1,123
1918Ford (435,898)Buick (126,222)Willys Knight (88,753)1,217
1917Ford (622,351)Willys Knight (130,988)Buick (115,267)1,618
1916Ford (734,811)Willys Knight (140,111)Buick (124,834)1,112

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