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    original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
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KRIT Automobile Page

An automotive page dedicated just to this rare antique marque.

You might wish to see my other automotive pages:
    Chrysler page, et seq.
        (with the Walter P. Chrysler story).
    Mercedes page, et seq..
    SS and Jaguar Cars, et seq.
    Civil War era Dudgeon (really!) Steam Automobile - still operable!
    the Long Island Motor Parkway page, et seq.,
    and the L. I. Motor Parkway Panel
        (convened to keep the LIMP alive in situ and in minds and museums).
    LIMP-Vanderbilt Cup Race page:
    Tractors page.
    Road/Highway Schnabels (giant road loads/heavy haulers).
and other related pages, plus a place to put more auto apocrypha
  including the CYCLOPS,
  the ALCO,
  and a HELP Section.

On Automotive Continuation Page 1:
  Automotive Apocrypha - continued.
  Amphicar.
  An Odd NY City Street (moved again, to Odd Streets page on 16 May 02),
  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!, and
  Old 16 Locomobile

On Automotive Continuation Page 2:
  Gasoline Brands (moved from main page 25 Jan 2003 and to Cont. Page 4 on 23 May 2007),
    (see also Old Gas Stations on Cont. Page 4.
  Automotive Slogans.
  Nomenclature - automotive terms (with British practice).
  Classic Cars.
  Woodlites

On Automotive Continuation Page 3:
  K-R-I-T (moved to this page 06 Dec 2009)   rev.gif (06 Dec 09)
  Classic Cars Continued, with
    Australian Phantom I with Mystery Body.
  Porsche Patricide

On Automotive Continuation Page 4:
  Gasoline Brands (moved from main page 25 Jan 2003 and to this Page 4 on 23 May 2007),
  Old Gas Stations

Odd Streets - highways and byways.
    An Odd NY City Street
    Nassau Boulevard.


The Dudgeon is for real; it is an 1866 steam auto,
one of which survives in running condition!


Adtranz, formed Jan 1996, merging rail transportation activities of ABB Ltd. and Daimler-Benz AG took DaimlerChrysler into the railroad business and the sale of the venture to Bombardier, announced 04 Aug 2000, apparently takes them right out again!

FIRST I.C. LOCO! - Gottlieb Daimler built an internal-combustion- powered locomotive ca. 1890!  For more information, click HERE!

Also, Exxon and Mobil merged as of 01 Dec 98;
two of my most favo(u)rite gasolines (petrols)!*

There is also a lot of automotive material on my ORDNANCE and HISTORY pages.

Also, if you like automotive history, see the links on the Dudgeon page.


attention

PLEASE, SEE BELOW!


K-R-I-T Automobile (moved to this page from Automotive page 3 on 06 Dec 2009)

Of the pre-WWI era was the K-R-I-T (not Krit), named for builder Kenneth Crittenden and only made from 1910 to 1915:

1912Krit25/30
(1912 K-R-I-T 25/30 photo from Net)

I once saw a K-R-I-T at an early Hershey meet and it stuck in my mind, with Native American swastikas on the hubcaps and a horizontal arrow through the name as a trademark (as I recall).  Somehow, an elderly couple got to talking to me late in the day and said that they had honeymooned in a K-R-I-T and had been walking all over the show, hoping to find one.  Well, I told them how rare they were and how unlikely it was they'd ever see one and then walked them over to the car and even wangled a ride in it for them!

The company/car name is spelled both "KRIT" and "K-R-I-T" in various publications but "KRIT" on the radiator badges.

On 03 Aug 2008, along cometh John Hinckley, grandson of Kenneth Crittenden, who (the grandfather) was "a founder and Chief Engineer of the K-R-I-T Motor Car Company in Detroit (1909-1915); after the company folded and the facilities were sold to Owen Magnetic and Packard, he went to work for Henry Ford for several years, then was hired by Walter P. Chrysler, and spent the next 40 years with Chrysler, retiring in the mid-60's as Vice President - Manufacturing."

Hinckley, no mean automotive personage in his own right, is a retired senior Chrysler executive who spent his last six years as the Viper Plant Manager before retiring in 2001.  He notes that "there is at least one exceptional K-R-I-T example left - a 1913 5-passenger touring car is on display at the National Auto Museum in Reno, Nevada (formerly the Bill Harrah collection)".

John Hinckley also sent along the cover and six pages from a booklet of testimonials by satisfied K-R-I-T owners, published by K-R-I-T in late 1912 (click on thumbnails for larger images):

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(1912 K-R-I-T Testimonials Booklet Front Cover)

1912KritTestm6 1912KritTestm7
(1912 K-R-I-T Testimonials Booklet Pages 6 and 7)

1912KritTestm8 1912KritTestm9
(1912 K-R-I-T Testimonials Booklet Pages 8 and 9)

1912KritTestm10 1912KritTestm11
(1912 K-R-I-T Testimonials Booklet Pages 10 and 11)

Note that the company/car name is spelled both ways - "KRIT" and "K-R-I-T".

So - what other K-R-I-Ts remain?  Let's hear from you (readers, not cars!).

Well, I'd kind of hoped for some response but this is ridiculous or wonderful, as you choose.  Hearing from Mr. Hinckley was a plus but not really a coincidence.  However, on 26 Oct 2009, I heard from a Franz Wenzel in Germany, whose grand father has no less than six (6) - yes, that's SIX - KRITs, three of which are already restored, and then, on 03 Nov 2009, only a week and a day later, I heard from the WOW Museum in New Zealand, which has a KRIT nearing restoration!  In the vernacular, how 'bout them little apples?

So let's see a LOT of pictures of KRITs in various stages of decrepitude, restoration, and glory!

First, let's look at Mr. Hinckley's shots of the 1913 KRIT Model "KT" 5-passenger touring car at the National Automotive Museum (the Harrah Collection) in Reno, Nevada:

1913KritNAMus
1913KritNAMus 1913KritNAMus
(1913 K-R-I-T at National Auto Museum - cropped from photos by J. Hinckley - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed pictures for larger images]

note-rt.gif - The swastika emblem FAR predates the Nazi Hakenkreuz (hacked cross); it is an ancient Native American symbol.

Next, only because there are fewer of them, let's see the Kiwi KRIT, at New Zealand's WOW Museum (actually the World of WearableArt and Classic Car Museum in Nelson on the north end of the South Island):

KritNZFront KritNZRad
(K-R-I-T at NZ WOW Museum - cropped from Museum photos - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed pictures for larger images]

Per the WOW Museum, "the car has some way to go before being completely restored; the wheels are currently getting painted and the roof is yet to be made, but you can see the body, upholstery and engine are looking fine".

Note that the Kiwi car is fitted for right-hand drive.

The Museum was given a 1911 Overland Model 46 Torpedo Roadster, which had gone through a total restoration by a local (Nelson) owner; they sent this photo, so we can get an idea of the "fate" that awaits their KRIT:

1911Overland
(1911 Overland at NZ WOW Museum - cropped from Museum photo - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

[The Overland is an ancestor of the Jeep (originally designed and built by Willys-Overland).]

The WOW Museum furnished this appalling photo of their 1911 KRIT "as-was"; "as was originally found after being in service as a power source for a sawmill!!!!" {emphases mine - SB,III}  "Kiwis are known for their ingenious 'make do' attitude."  Amen, brother/sister!   added.gif (09 Dec 09)

1911NZKritAsFound
(1911 KRIT at NZ WOW Museum "as was" - cropped from Museum photo - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

[Note that I left a smidgeon of the border to show that
I did NOT crop away any useful image.]

Actually, even though it was in frightful shape, it was remarkably complete, considering its location and use.

Now, we go to Germany for an incredible set of pictures:

KRITDe01 KRITDe02 KRITDe03 KRITDe04
(KRITs in Germany - cropped from F. Wenzel photos - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

KRITDe11 KRITDe12 KRITDe13 KRITDe14
(KRITs in Germany - cropped from F. Wenzel photos - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

KRITDe21 KRITDe22 KRITDe23 KRITDe24
(KRITs in Germany - cropped from F. Wenzel photos - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

KRITDe31 KRITDe32 KRITDe33 KRITDe34
(KRITs in Germany - cropped from F. Wenzel photos - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

KRITDe41 KRITDe42 KRITDe43 KRITDe44
(KRITs in Germany - cropped from F. Wenzel photos - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

KRITDe51 KRITDe52
(KRITs in Germany - cropped from F. Wenzel photos - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Ooh, look at that beautiful brightwork!

One of the engines in the German cars is very badly corroded and needs to be replaced, including the transmission.  KRITs were built with a 2-speed transmission up until 1910, after 1910, they were built with a 3-speed transmission; an engine with a 3-speed is what is needed (it does not need to have the magnetos or a carburetor).  Might any reader just "happen" to have one sitting around that they can spare?

Hopefully, photo IDs will follow.

As I recall, the car I saw at Hershey was a rumble-seat roadster (possibly pea or lime green); it does not appear to be any of the cars shown above.  Perhaps the AACA has a record of it.

I shouldn't be at all surprised if this is more of an assemblage of KRITeria than has ever been posted before.


Wow; another 1913 right-hand drive Krit just (06 Dec 2009) turned up!  An e-mail from Keith Pearson in Ireland reveals that he owns "a 1913 Krit K tourer" which "has been in Ireland since new, and is used in local car events"!  With the message came a photo which I cropped and present here:

1913KritIreland
(1913 Krit in Ireland - cropped from K. Pearson photo - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Out of the woodwork, eh?

Keith sent along this shot of his 1929 Rover 10 Weyman Riveria Saloon "(not as exotic as the name!)" sez Keith [Weyman bodies were fitted with cloth body panels instead of metal - SB,III]; they had both cars out for a long run and shot this on the way home:

1929Rover/1913KritIreland
(1929 Rover and 1913 Krit in Ireland - cropped from K. Pearson photo - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Ah, what joy!


Any more KRITs, please?

attention

YES!  Keith - contact me (S. Berliner, III), please ASAP,!

A Kiwi just wrote that he has another 1913 KRIT in New Zealand
and is unable to contact you (as am I)!   new (23 Feb 2015)


Gigantic rail cars for carrying enormous loads like nuclear reactor vessels and transformers (800 tons worth!) are covered on my Schnabel page, et seq.; roadable versions of these monsters now have their own Road Loads page, et seq.


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