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Vermillion Motor Co - The companion of your dreams


The companion of your dreams

This is Vermillion Motor Company, founded in 1938 by Peter Vermillion, an automotive engineer previously working for Hawthorne Cars Incorporated. Ever since our first model, the 1946 Athena, we’re always focused on quality; we aim to create not just cars, but trusty companions for every trip you can imagine.

Historic Vermillion passenger car line-up

Athena Mk1 (1946 - 1952)
1946 model
1949 model
Athena Mk2 (1952 - 1959)
Athena Mk3 (1959 - 1964)
Athena Mk4 (1964 - )

Bismarck Mk1 (1951 - 1956)
1951 model
Bismarck Mk2 (1956 - 1960)
Bismarck Mk3 (1960 - 1966)
Bismarck Mk4 (1966 - )

Vendetta Mk1 (1957 - 1962)
1957 model
Vendetta Mk2 (1962 - 1968)

Historic Vermillion Commercial line-up

V100 Mk1 (1961 -)
1961 model


1946 Vermillion Athena

Ever since Peter Vermillion left Hawthorne Cars, he had this car in mind. Well, not this exact design. There’s 8 years of difference after all. But what he had in mind slowly evolved into the Athena. You catch my drift, right? Initially, Peter intended to power the car with a licensed engine. See, while he had a lot of experience with car design, his engine design experience was a tad rusty. This first project was almost ready, with Pete buying a production hall in 1941, ready to produce the car in 1943.

World War II was both a set-back and a blessing. The factory Vermillion bought had to switch to war productions. To tank engines to be precise. Slightly bummed by not being able to start producing his first car, he took the time to revise his design, and used the opportunity to learn from the engines used in the tanks, to refresh his engine engineering skills. This led to the abandonment of the licenced engine idea, and led to the development of an in-house engine, known as the Vermillion Straight Six.

The first variant of the Vermillion Straight Six had 3 787 cc of capacity (that’s 231 cubic inches) and developed 77.4 kW (103.8 hp) of power, and in the first Athenas, was coupled to a 3-speed manual gearbox with overdrive.

Because of the limited size of the production hall, Pete Vermillion took extreme measures to ensure production efficiency - the initial version of Athena only had one trim option and one variant of the engine. (Though thankfully, the customers did get a paint choice.)

The car was finally unveiled in 1946, along with the first marketing slogan of the company: “Take a look.”

The Athena was very well received, receiving two awards at 1946 Model Year-In-Review Edition of Motor World Review - one for the Best Engine and one for the Best Sedan. Its success allowed the Vermillion Motor Co. to expand.


In my view, the original Athena is one of the best-looking early postwar cars anyone on these forums has ever made. It’s not very fast, but it was affordable enough to put the masses back on wheels once the fighting has ended.


1949 Vermillion Athena Special

1949 Vermillion Athena Super

In 1949, the aging Athena was refreshed. The grille was changed, along with the split bumper being replaced by a non-split one. The taillights were refreshed. Most importantly, with the factory growing, the Athena gained a new, more premium trim, the Super, with the original trim now named Special.

The Vermillion Straight Six, with its design being influenced by tank engines, had tank engine levels of tolerances. This allowed the new variant, used in Super, to have its capacity increased while staying within safe limits of cylinder wall thickness. The capacity has grown from 3.8 liters to 4 246 cc (259 cubic inches). It was also fitted with an additional muffler to ensure the engine was quiet inside.

This new variant had 86.2 kW (115.6 hp) of power, an 11% increase over the original. It was a much needed performance upgrade, since the Super trim, with its plushier seats, more abundant sound insulation, and an AM radio, got heavier.

There also were some minor improvements to the Special trim, which gained an extra horse among other things.

The Athena was replaced by its second generation in 1952.


1951 Vermillion Bismarck Special

1951 Vermillion Bismarck V8 Super

1951 Vermillion Bismarck V8 DualMatic Custom

The US economy was not only healing after the war, it was growing faster and faster. Families could afford their cars to be bigger and thirstier. The comfort was more than worth it. This is why Vermillion chose to go bigger and thirstier as well.

The result of this decision was the 1951 Vermillion Bismarck. Offered with 2 engines, 3 interior trims, and the all-new DualMatic transmission which spared the driver the hassle of having to shift gears manually. (The choice of a three speed column shifter and a four-on-the-floor were also available)

The engines available were the 231 CI Vermillion Straight Six which, thanks to advancements in muffling technology, was quieter and less restrictive, allowing it to gain another horse. The star of the show, however was the all new V8. Made by Robert Twiggs, an engine engineer hired specifically for this project, the engine had 4034 cc (246 CI) of capacity, with potential for more, and developed 85.5 kW (114.7 hp) of power

The three trims were:
Special, the base trim with only the straight six and a column shifter available. A radio was only a part of the optional equipment.
Super, which could be gotten with all three transmission options and both engine options. The radio was a part of standard equipment.
Custom, available only with the V8 and either the 4-speed manual or the Dual-Matic. It featured a higher quality radio and a plushier interior, allowing for comfortable cruising through endless American roads.

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1957 Vermillion Vendetta Special

1957 Vermillion Vendetta Custom

So, six years earlier, the Vermillion Bismarck was blasted for being rather underpowered a slow POS. And there’s only one way to fix the image, and attract the performance seeking clientele - fix the issues first (which was done in 1953 with a 276 CI variant of the engine, fitted into the Bismarck).

However, this was not all that had to be done. Something radical was needed. Something that actually could perform. Enter the Vendetta. Powered by a souped up 276, this thing develops 191 hp, gets up to 213 km/h (132 mph) and gets to 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds (the Special trim that is. The Custom trim is tad heavier and slower. Still under 10 seconds though!)

The first year model was sold in two trims - Special and Custom. Both offered a radio and seated four, however the Custom version was plushier and had higher quality audio equipment.

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1961 Vermillion V100 I6

1961 Vermillion V100 V8 Heavy Duty

1961 Vermillion V100 V8

The 60’s were a period of relatively large growth of Vermillion. The decade kicked of with the forming of Vermillion Commercial, which, well, was the commercial vehicle division of Vermillion Motor Company. Their first product was the V100, a pickup truck meant to take a market share from Deer and Hunt, and other irrelevant (:stuck_out_tongue:) companies.

The truck was sold in three variants,

The I6, sold with the venerable Vermillion Straight Six, which was slowly being phased out in passenger car applications (in favor of the new Rocket-Glide I6 series of engines), but would continue to be used in commercial vehicles, since it was a proved design. This revision developed 127 hp out of a 259 CI displacement. Unlike the other trims, the I6 trim was not available with a four wheel drive, albeit a locking differential was an option.

The V8 variant was the offroad variant, with some amenities to make it more bearable, such as a decent quality radio, and a practical bench seat of decent comfort, capable of holding three people. The four wheel drive was the standard, along with lockable diffs. It’s powered by another 276 CI variant of the RT V8. This time, instead of being tuned for sport, like it was in the Vendetta, it’s tuned for utility, with power being available in fairly low RPMs. It does make less power (105.9 hp) because of that, but what can you do?

The V8 Heavy Duty variant does not differ much, except it was geared towards businesses doing heavy work. Available with RWD and 4x4, depending on the user’s needs, it came with a three speed Tri-matic auto transmission, had suspension stiffened to sacrifice comfort for load capacity, and radio removed, to sacrifice comfort for a lower price. (You could get it as an option though.)

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