Rickenbacker Motor Company


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Intricately engraved antique stock certificate from the Rickenbacker Motor Company dating back to the 1920's. This document, which has been signed by the company President and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, was printed by the American Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h).


This certificate's vignette features a trio of allegoricals with a winged wheel.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    The Rickenbacker Motor Company was started in 1921 when a group lead by Barney Everitt along with seasoned automakers Walter Flanders and William Metzger began the new venture. World War I fighter pilot Eddie Rickenbacker's name was used as the company moniker and he was named a Vice-President of the Company and contributed to the sales effort.

    A manufacturing plant in Detroit, Michigan was purchased and tooled up and in early 1922 the first of the Rickenbacker cars made their debut at the New York Auto show. The new offering was equipped with a 218 c.i. L-head six cylinder that featured a flywheel at either end of the crankshaft; Rickenbacker had first seen this setup used on an aircraft engine during the war. The press reported the feature made the new engine one of the smoothest to be found

    In 1923, the Rickenbacker is reported to have been the first of the medium-priced automakers to add four-wheel brakes; in the same year the firm lost Walter Flanders after he died in an automobile accident. In 1924, a nine main bearing L-head 268 c.i. straight-eight engine also utilizing two flywheels was added. Despite the changes and being chosen as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500, sales lagged at the company and even after price cuts in 1925 were instituted the situation did not improve.

    As a last gasp measure, the flashy Super Sport Boattail Coupe was introduced at the 1926 New York Auto Show. That same year Rickenbacker left the Company due to its failing in the marketplace. Barney Everitt struggled on to the end of the line for the automaker in February of 1927.

    Rickenbacker's World War I 94th Fighter Squadron emblem depicting a top hat inside a ring was used for the company's emblems, which were located both on the front and the back of the cars.