Consider this, the time 1914, Ford Motor Company is interested in selling a new small ELECTRIC cyclecar, constructed by Ford and powered by an Edison storage battery. The cars to be on the market by 1914. The new company will be headed by Edsel Ford. The car to be available 2015 priced at $600.00.
(Accessory and Garage Journal page 7, February 1914.)
Which brings us to this found in Motor Age January 1914. Henry Ford was seen driving around in Detroit in a "miniature car of the cycle car type." Ford denies any story that the company will be manufacturing such a car to be sold for $350.00. Also in January an article about Ford and Edison manufacturing an electric vehicle. According to the article several test vehicles are on the road.
The "miniature car of the side car type" was probably this...
The attached US Census for manufacturing 1919 indicates that there were about 5,000 electric vehicles in 1914.
A note for those continuing the research on Ford and the electric automobile before 1920 a car was a rail vehicle and an automobile was not always a car in publications.
Anyone know where this car is today? It was on the Museum floor in the seventies before Dr. Skramstad revised the car display and had the auction.
The Cyclecar was not electric, but powered by a gas engine. Article in a past Vintage Ford magazine.
The cyclecar phenomenon was short lived. May be a modern version of the city car today. Automobile Trade Journal for 1914 has an analysis of the cyclecar introduction to the motoring public..small economical vehicles powered by a 20 hp motor or less. Capable of carrying 2 people. The geographic location of factories near major cities (an early city car?). Those looking to make a cycle car included the likes of Remington Arms.
Quite possible, the likes of Ford and Edison did not want to miss out on a new economic venture.
To be clear by its nature the Model T has the characteristics of a cycle car small, light, and cheap.
Whitman's 1920 publication Motorcycle Principals and Light Car, include the Model T as a light car or cycle car.
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