Kenosha Fire Engine & Truck Co - 1927 Kenosha, Wisconsin formerly Winther Motors 1921-1926 and Winthrop Motor Truck Co 1918-1921


Martin P. Winther, a former Jeffery engineer, formed his own company in 1917. The rear-drive Winther truck was closely followed by the 4-wheel-drive Winther-Marwin truck, and, in 1920, by the Winther passenger car

Except for the drives, both trucks were similar in lay­out, being powered by 4-cylinder Wisconsin engines of various sizes driving through Borg & Beck clutches, Cotta 3- or 4-speed transmissions and Celfer internal gear axles. Cabs were open, but fitted with low doors. Initial capacities were 2, 3, 4 and 6 tons, priced from $2,750 to $4,600. Later additions extended the range from 1 to 7 tons, the latter model having a 4-cylinder Herschell-Spillman engine. Transmissions were Warner, Brown-Lipe or Fuller, and internal gear axles Torbensen, Medway or Clark. The 4-wheel-drive Winther-Marwin was made in the same sizes, with a shaft driving from the engine to a central transfer case, and from there to a shaft to each axle.

As early as 1919 the company claimed that Winthers were the dominating truck in the U.S. Navy. The 1 Y2­tonners were aimed at the farmers' market, while the heavier models were made for logging (in Oregon), fire­fighting and as snowplows. The latter made early use of rotary plows, and one of the largest used two engines, the rear one over the rear axle to drive the truck, and the front one for the plow, with the fully-enclosed cab between.

Throughout the 1920s Winthers continued much the same mechanically, but with electric starters added. The 1926 range included five models from 1 ˝  to 5/7 tons, all with Wisconsin engines. In its last year the products were renamed Winther-Kenosha, and in the summer of 1927 the plant was sold to H.P. Olsen and truck manufacture was discontinued.


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