The Kellner Coachbuilding Company, founded by George Kellner, began creating custom bodies for carriages in 1861. As the automobile industry began during the late 1890's and early 1900's, the Kellner Company followed suite. They began creating custom coachbodies for automobiles beginning in 1903.
By this time, the sons of the company's founder were now in-charge. His son Georges Jr. took over in 1910.
During World War I, the company produced the SPAD fighter planes, along with another company.
Georges Kellner Jr. is credited as being the creator of the 'torpedo' body style.
Jacques Kellner inherited the company from his father in 1931 and brought it to new heights.
Kellner coachwork graced only the most prestigious chassis: Bentley, Bugatti (including the Type 41 Royale), Hispano-Suiza and, of course, Rolls-Royce. Unlike many coachbuilders, Kellner survived the Great Depression.
In 1942, however, Jacques Kellner, along with Georges Paulin of Carrosserie Pourtout, was arrested and shot by the Nazis as a spy. The two French heroes had used their drawing skills to supply details of German installations to the Resistance. Kellner et Cie died with Jacques Kellner.
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