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Legal issues if making a Cimbria(SS) name plate/logos?

4.9

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Who own's the rights to any/all Sterling, Cimbria, etc. body styles, names, logos, all that stuff? I know in the Fiero world, GM is raising hell w/all manufactures of similar/replicated parts w/ANY reference to Pontiac or GM. Just wondering about our cars. Sure, I could spell out with chrome letters as a custom accent, just don't need to start a war. Seems like the black car on the original ad catalogue cover had the name on it? curios.
 

farfegnubbin

Site Owner
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I am the current owner of the rights to the Sterling.

As for the Cimbria, for decades the rights were owned by Joe Palumbo (who is the guy who designed/created the Cimbria back In the mid ‘70s using the Sterling as a starting point.) A few years ago a man with the last name Welsh was thinking of restarting production of either the SS or a new model that would have been a spin-off from it. We met with him at his shop in Delaware and he said he had been in contact with Palumbo and that Palumbo had given his blessing regarding taking over the Cimbria brand. Welsh had some other businesses and responsibilities, though, and we haven’t heard anything additional from him in almost three years. I heard that Joe passed away last year, we think due to complications with Covid.

As for making logo plates and such… Here’s the thing: If you’re making something for yourself, knock yourself out. We love seeing people restore their cars and that goes right down to the name plates and logos. Where it gets sketchy is if people try to sell them. I can’t honestly speak for the Cimbria or whether he’d care about stuff like that. In general we all want to see the hobby thrive and for cars to get back on the road, including missing name plates.
 

4.9

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"COOL". I'll work in that vein. On my replica Fords, the cars were named T-Bird, not Thunderbird, per legalities back then. However, the word Thunderbird was part of the replication when the cars were completed by the factory or owner. Same for the kit car. My titles indicate either a Ford "T-Bird" replica or Ford "T-Bird" kit car, just not Thunderbird. The name Thunderbird can be displayed on the cars, but not Ford. Again thanks. Rick
 

nbb350

Member
I am the current owner of the rights to the Sterling.
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As for making logo plates and such… Here’s the thing: If you’re making something for yourself, knock yourself out.

On that note, any idea what the Font Name is for the old Sterling logo? (If such a thing as a "font name" existed back then?)
 

Zenny

Member
You could try to use an online font finder and put a picture of the badge in. You probably wont find anything exact but hopefully something similar
 

4.9

New member
THANKS. I'm digging thru my library for the factory brochure & older kit car catalogue, gotta be here some where's!?! Sure, I'll have to create my own font style, just simple & clean. I want people to know I'm proud of what I'm driving, sorta like my T-Birds. Enjoy the day. Rick
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
On that note, any idea what the Font Name is for the old Sterling logo? (If such a thing as a "font name" existed back then?)
No specific font used for the Sterling nameplate that I ever found. I'm pretty sure it was something that had been hand drawn. I do have the file on it though :)
 

nbb350

Member
What kind of file? I have an original logo plate off the dash to scan, but it would still have to be traced into Photoshop or something. I just want it for the top of a sign board to say "1975 Sterling"; a graphic artist would only have to "free hand" the 1975 numbers in the same "font".
 

Zenny

Member
If I had a good straight on photo I could throw it in some software I have and export it as an svg
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
What kind of file? I have an original logo plate off the dash to scan, but it would still have to be traced into Photoshop or something. I just want it for the top of a sign board to say "1975 Sterling"; a graphic artist would only have to "free hand" the 1975 numbers in the same "font".
I can reproduce the '1975' in a similar fashion. I have the Sterling file (both the nameplate style and the capital "S" style) in whatever format you want. Email or PM me for needs.
 
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