Overland Whippet Motometer, 1920-1930

Summary

Automobiles often came without temperature gauges before the early 1930s, so enterprising manufacturers sold aftermarket motometers. Mounted on a car's radiator, these devices measured and displayed coolant water vapor temperature, notifying drivers if their automobiles were in danger of overheating. Moto-Meter Co. Inc. dominated the American market, producing the popular Boyce motometer and others featuring an automotive manufacturer's name or logo.

Automobiles often came without temperature gauges before the early 1930s, so enterprising manufacturers sold aftermarket motometers. Mounted on a car's radiator, these devices measured and displayed coolant water vapor temperature, notifying drivers if their automobiles were in danger of overheating. Moto-Meter Co. Inc. dominated the American market, producing the popular Boyce motometer and others featuring an automotive manufacturer's name or logo.

Artifact

Motometer

Date Made

1920-1930

 On Exhibit

On Loan - Shanghai Auto Museum (Anting, Shanghai, China)

Object ID

81.99.6

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Glass (Material)
Brass (Alloy)

Dimensions

Height: 4.25 in

Width: 2.188 in

Thickness: 1.125 in

Inscriptions

On obverse of insert: OVERLAND / WHIPPET On reverse of insert: DANGER/ STEAM/ REGISTER/ IN CIRCLE/ FOR HIGH /EFFICIENCY/ COOL/ MOTOR

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