1912 Pioneer Cyclecar
Car for sale by Atomic Motors in Henderson, Nevada 89011
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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 PNCC.
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 closed down.
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