Kissel Industries began as the Kissel Motor Car Company, founded in Hartford, Wisconsin in 1906 by Louis Kissel and his sons, George and William. The company produced automobiles, hearses, trucks, taxis, and utility vehicles, emphasizing craftsmanship and the performance of their vehicles. During World War I, Kissel produced trucks for the military, dedicating almost all of its output to Army vehicles towards the end of the war. Notably, after the war, the firm rebranded the “Kissel Kar,” a name too Teutonic for the interwar period, as the “Kissel Automobile.” Kissel continued producing a variety of vehicles until 1931, when in the throes of the Great Depression, the firm filed for receivership. In... more.

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