On this day, December 13, 1922, William Kissel received an American patent for a removable hardtop for a car. The most interesting thing is that the production of KisselKar cars with such an original invention began eight years earlier.
On advertising brochures, the car was advertised as one car with two body types – a sedan and a convertible, which made it as comfortable as possible for driving in both winter and summer. The issue price was $1,450.
The Kissel Motor Company was founded in 1906 by Louis Kissel and his four sons. Car production started in 1906. Over the entire period of its existence, until 1931, a total of more than 35 thousand vehicles were manufactured, including firefighters, taxis, and hearses. Kissel also produced various trucks – models from 0.5 to 6 tons, including all-wheel drive (Model B), manufactured under license from FWD.
The company became widely known for its 1915 transcontinental motor rally—for the first time in history, the route from coast to coast was covered in a car driven by only one woman. Hollywood actress Anita King was driving the Kissel car.