Issued in 1914. Discontinued in 1917.
Very rare. In fact, a red single sold for $110 on eBay in April of 2016, and another red card sold for
$104 on eBay on May 31, 2016. One of the two 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.