Issued in 1914. Discontinued in 1917.
Very rare. In fact, one of the two 2017 singles sold on eBay is the card reproduced above, since I don't
have a red Cyclecar single or deck in my collection. I do have a blue deck in its original box and will
add a scan of the card and box soon. I have never seen a blue single offered for sale, and red ones are
priced well above average at the moment.
What is a cyclecar? According to Wikipedia,
was a type of small, lightweight and inexpensive car manufactured mainly between
1910 and the late 1920s (see a few pictures showing some of the variants, below).
Cyclecars were characterized by their use of basic materials and fragile engineering
and were contrived to fill a gap in the market between the motorcycle and the car.
Cyclecars were propelled by single-cylinder, V-twin or more rarely four-cylinder engines,
often air-cooled. Sometimes these, and other components such as gearboxes, had been originally
used in motorcycles.
Cyclecars were fitted with lightweight bodies,
sometimes in a tandem two-seater configuration and usually had minimal comfort and weather protection.
They used various layouts and means of transmitting the engine power to the wheels, such as belt or
chain drives, often to one rear wheel only to avoid the need for a differential. The rise of
cyclecars was a direct result of reduced taxation both for registration and annual licences
of lightweight small-engined cars. Their demise was largely due to production economies in the
manufacture of more substantial economy cars and the consequent affordability of such vehicles.
A red Cyclecar single sold on eBay for $110 in April of
2016, and another red card sold on eBay for $104 on May 31, 2016. A red Cyclecar sample card sold on eBay
for $56 on January 23, 2018. There have been no blue Cyclecar singles or decks offered for sale recently
that I am aware of.