1927 Kissel Gold Bug 8-65 Speedster Featured at Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance

1927 Kissel Gold Bug 8-65 SpeedsterCheck out a piece of Wisconsin history when you view this 1927 Kissel Gold Bug 8-65 Speedster, owned by Mark Thomas of Birmingham, Ill. The all original car features a straight 8 engine and manual transmission. With its exterior color of Pistachio and green, the car is sure to draw a crowd.

2007 Amelia Island Concours Winner

It won the FIVA award at the Amelia Island Concours in 2007. The Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) is the Historic Vehicle Association’s international partner organization.

Only 150 of these Kissel Speedsters Still Remain

Kissel Speedsters were the Ferraris of Hollywood in the 1920s, owned by many stars and other notables including Clara Bow, Fatty Arbuckle, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Al Jolson, Jack Dempsey and Amelia Earhart. Of the 35,000 automobiles the company produced, only 150 are known to exist today. The Wisconsin Automotive Museum of Hartford has several of these remaining cars on display. The most famous car was one the company donated to Hollywood actress Anita King for her transcontinental trip in 1915 that marked the first-ever such trip by a female driving alone.

Kissel Motor Car Company, Hartford, Wis.

This vehicle represents the most popular Kissel model offered from 1919 through 1927—the Speedster, nicknamed the Gold Bug. Kissel Motor Car Company was headquartered in Harford, Wis., with a sales office on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The company began production in 1907 and lasted until 1931.

Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance Car Show

The 2016 Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance includes a casual car show in Veterans Park on Saturday, Aug. 27, called Show & Glow by the Lake (open to the public 10 a.m. to 3 p.m); the Style & Speed Social, an evening of camaraderie and silent auction on Saturday evening at The Milwaukee Club in downtown Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance, Sunday, August 28, in Veterans Park. All events are open to the public.

See this 1927 Kissel Gold Bug Speedster at the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, August 28. Open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.