Meritas Body Co. - 1920s - Illinois?
|The Meritas Body Company produced a number of professional car bodies for
the Henney Motor Company of Freeport, Illinois in the mid Twenties.
Meritas manufactured a fabric-covered body similar to the system developed and patented by Charles T. Weymann in 1922. It consisted of a nitrile coated fabric called Meritas (similar to ZAPON) that was stretched over an ash frame. Like a Weymann, the body was incredibly light and the heavy Meritas fabric prevented the drumming frequently heard in other coachbuilt metal-bodied vehicles. The term usually refers to the Meritas fabric, rather than the body building firm that introduced it.
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