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.
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]
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]
The stunningly beautiful and historic 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione, which won its class at Le Mans, Spa and Imola, raced to the forefront of the Scottsdale auction on 15 January. It sold for %249,405,000,...