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Russell 14-28

Model Year: 1914

Location of Manufacture: Toronto, Ontario

View of the radiator cap which is designed to look like a crown

Radiator cap

The crown motif of the radiator cap suggests a vehicle intended
for the high-end luxury car market – a direction taken by the Russell Motor Car Company, beginning in 1910.

View of the steering wheel and quadrant

Driver’s side

The metal semicircle at the centre of the steering wheel is called a quadrant. There are two small levers which move up or down following the arc of the quadrant. The short lever adjusts the ignition timing and the long lever adjusts the throttle. The quadrant was a common feature for the period.

View of the Russell brand mark

Branding

The brand mark of the Russell Motor Car Company, as it appeared in 1914.

Archival photograph of Russell-made cars in front of Toronto City Hall

Procession of Russell-made cars in front of Toronto City Hall

ca. 1909

Thomas (Tommy) Alexander Russell (1877-1940), President of the Russell Motor Car Company is seen sitting in the passenger seat of the first car. In his later years, Russell was president of Massey-Harris (later to become Massey-Ferguson), at one time the largest supplier of agricultural equipment in the British Empire.

Toronto Public Library, TRL 966-1-6

View of a $20 silver coin, produced by the Royal Canadian Mint, which depicts a Russell vehicle.

Twenty-dollar silver coin depicting a Russell

2001

From 2000 to 2003, the Royal Canadian Mint issued 12 coins in a series on land, rail and sea transportation. The series began with the Taylor Steam Buggy and included both the Russell and the Bricklin SV-1.

Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa, Ontario, CSTM 2001.0205

Image of the notice giving Russell exclusive Canadian rights for the Knight engine

Exclusive patent

By acquiring the rights for the exclusive use of the quiet Knight engine, Russell was uniquely positioned in the luxury car market. Cars produced in other countries and using the Knight engine could not be imported into Canada because of Russell’s exclusive licence!