1929 Kari Keen Coupe. Radio control scale model.
Quote: "In 1927 the Kari-Keen Company of Sioux City, Iowa was engaged in the manufacture of luggage trunks which were attached to the rear of 1920's vintage automobiles that were produced at factories with little luggage fabrication facilities. Several sized trunks were marketed and earnings were good. However, the latest models of more expensive automobiles were designed with built-in trunks so it was clear that the company's days supplying accessory trunks were numbered, and other lines of products would prove necessary if the company was to survive.
In mid-1927 public interest in aviation was at an all time high after Lindbergh and two weeks later Chamberlain flew the Atlantic. The Kari-Keen Aircraft Corporation was formed early in 1928. The company employed a Mr. Swen Swansen, who was a 1923 graduate in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of South Dakota. He had, on occasion while working for the Lincoln-Standard Aircraft Company, assisted in rebuilding a Fokker D-8 of World War I vintage. The Fokker cantilever wing construction so impressed Swen that he incorported the wing design in the Kari-Keen.
At a time when biplane aircraft dominated the market, the Kari-Keen was of clean design and a thing of beauty. With side by side seating, the interior was luxuriously upholstered making it seem as rich in appearance as a modern automobile of the time. Some time in late 1928 Swanson left the company and formed his own company in Hopewell, Vir-ginia and marketed a similar design called the Swanson Coupe. After Swanson left Kari-Keen, a total of 24 coupes were built; however the Great Depression of 1929 forced the company into bankruptcy..."
Kari Keen Coupe, Flying Models, October 1984.
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