Rare dual Belt Drive, V-Twin 2- cyl engine cyclecar. New belt
drives, up and running and ready to go! Perfect for the person who
thought they had everything.
Believed to be the only twin belt tandem Pioneer Cyclecar in the
USA based on the original Stout design that came out first in 1912.
If you find another, let us know! This car is titled as a 1912
Cyclecars were small, generally inexpensive cars manufactured
mainly between 1910 and the late 1920s. Cyclecars were propelled by
single cylinder, V-twin or four cylinder engines, often air cooled.
Cyclecars were half way between motorcycles and cars and were
fitted with lightweight bodies, sometimes in a tandem two-seater
configuration and could be primitive with minimal comfort and
weather protection. The rise of cyclecars was a direct result of
reduced taxation both for registration and annual licenses of
lightweight small engined cars.
All cyclecars were to have clutches and change-speed gears. This
requirement could be fulfilled by even the simplest devices such as
provision for slipping the belt on the pulley to act as a clutch,
and varying of the pulley diameter to change the gear ratio.
The smaller cyclecars appeared around 1910 with a boom shortly
before the outbreak of World War I.
By the early 1920s, the days of the cyclecar were numbered. Mass
producers, such as Ford, were able to reduce their prices to
undercut those of the usually small cyclecar makers. Similar
affordable cars were offered in Europe such as the Citroen 5CV,
Austin 7 or Morris Cowley.
The cyclecar boom was over. The majority of cyclecar manufacturers