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  • K-R-I-T was founded in 1909 and sold to Packard in 1916.
  • The radiator badge with a swastika design draws controversy today.
  • The swastika has an extensive history dating back 5,000 years and meant “good fortune,” “well being” and “good luck.”  
  • It eventually became the most recognizable Nazi icon.

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The K-R-I-T Motor Company was founded in Detroit, Michigan, in 1909 by Kenneth Crittenden.  The 1910 Models were small 4-cylinder, three- and four-passenger tourers and all were very similar in design.  K-R-I-T introduced a two-seater with a sports body in 1911 and, in 1913, K-R-I-T offered the 4-cylinder five-passenger model KT touring car, as displayed here.  These models were offered until 1916 when the K-R-I-T Motor Company was bought by Packard.

The K-R-I-T radiator badge, which draws controversy today, featured a white swastika with a blue background. The swastika has an extensive history dating back 5,000 years, including use by Native Americans, and meant “good fortune,” “well being” and “good luck.”  It eventually became the most recognizable Nazi icon, depicted on a red background with a white disk and a black swastika in the middle.

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