In 1909, Kenneth Crittenoon founded the KRIT Motor Car Company in Detroit, MI. Known by his nickname Krit, Crittenoon liked the name enough to attach it to the automobiles he designed and manufactured. Until the company shut down in 1915, some 6,000 vehicles were produced under the KRIT nameplate.
While the United States was the firm’s primary market, KRIT shipped automobiles worldwide. Europe and Australia were significant markets for the brass-era vehicles. One of the more interesting things about the KRIT was the choice of the hooked Christian cross as the vehicle logo.
Crittenoon choose the symbol which dates back centuries especially prevalent on Buddhist artifacts to attract good luck for his business venture. This was a few decades before the similar-looking swastika was adopted by Germany’s Nazi party as a symbol and for much of the world served to stand for all things evil and despicable.
With anti-Nazi sentiment high virtually worldwide, all but a handful of KRIT automobiles found their way to scrap yards and were recycled to benefit the Word War II effort.
KRIT vehicles were known for being well-built and reliable. A few different models were offered by the company during the six-year production cycle but all of their vehicles featured gasoline-powered four cylinder engines and sliding-gear transmissions. The Model A was a two-seat runabout built on a 96-inch wheelbase, a fairly common design standard for the time period, with a magneto-based ignition.
This 1910 KRIT Model A Four has been a part of the present owner’s extensive vehicle portfolio since June of 2007. Prior to his acquisition it was part of the prestigious McMullen Collection, a 130-vehicle collection amassed by esteemed collector John McMullen. The KRIT appears in essentially the same condition as it was when purchased in 2007.
While the rarity of the KRIT makes it a substantial collectible vehicle, the condition of the vehicle adds to that. The car presents with a bright green livery, contrasted by a cream-colored chassis, wheels and top as well as the leather interior. The brass accents on the vehicle are in exceptional condition. The vehicle has been driven occasionally during the present owner’s stewardship and has been stored during that time in a humidity-controlled environment.
Evergreen Digital Showroom offers this rare Brass-Era 1910 KRIT for sale at a price of $109,900 USD. Pre-purchase inspection is welcomed and encouraged. We will gladly arrange transportation at buyer’s expense or will work with the shipper of buyer’s choice. For additional information or to make an offer on this exceptional vehicle call sales manager Steve Russell at 417-532-8000.
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