cycle car

Spanish translation: motocarro

English term or phrase:cycle car
Spanish translation:motocarro
Entered by: JH Trads

15:35 Apr 20, 2005
English to Spanish translations [Non-PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Automotive / Cars & Trucks / Automotive
English term or phrase: cycle car
Cars, trucks, buses, caravans, cycle cars, vans, ...
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Cyclecars were small, generally inexpensive cars manufactured mainly between 1910 and 1923.

General description

Cycelcars were propelled by single cylinder, V-twin or four cylinder engines, sometimes motorcycle engines. Several motorcycle derivated components were used. Cyclecars were half way between motorcycles and cars, some historians say. Bodies were light bodies, sometimes in tandem two seater configuration. They used various layouts and means of transmitting the engine power to the wheels such as belt drive or chain drive. Some cyclecars were primitive and offered minimal comfort. The rise of cyclecars was a direct result of taxation for the registration on cars, because taxation was based on displacement of the engine and weight of the car.

The cyclecars appear

From 1898 to 1910, automobile production quicky expanded. Light cars of that era were commonly known as voiturettes. Cyclecars appeared around 1910. The cyclecar boom began shortly before the outbreak of World War I. The first successful cyclecars were Bédélia of France and G.N. from Britain.

Sporting cars and cyclecar races

There were sporting cyclecars such as Amilcar, Major or Salmson of France. There were also races dedicated for cyclecars. The first event of this kind was organised by Automobile Club de France in 1913. Memories preserve the Cyclecar GP at Le Mans in 1920. Until the late 1920's, there were races for cyclecars and voiturettes.

The decline of cyclecars

By the early 1920's the days of the cyclecar were numbered. Mass producers, such as Ford, were the extremely successful competitors. The answer of Henry Ford to cyclecars was simple: he introduced a scaled down Model T to keep the price of new Model T cars closer to the price of cyclecars. Affordable cars were offered even in Europe such as Citroen, Austin 7 or Morris Cowley. The cyclecar boom was over.

The majority of cyclecar manufacturers closed down. Some companies survived, such as Chater-Lea which company returned to motorcycles.

After World War II, small, tiny cars were again in need, but this time they were called microcars.

Cyclecars by countries


* Grofri




* Gramm


* Vaja


* Ajams
* Alcyon
* Amilcar
* Ardex
* Bédélia
* Bignan
* Grouesy
* Huffit
* Ipsi
* Jack Sport
* JG Sport
* Jouvie
* Laetitia
* Major
* Orial
* Roll
* Salmson
* Sénéchal
* SIMA-Violet
* Sphinx
* Spidos
* Super
* Vaillant
* Villard
* Violet-Bogey
* Violette
* Viratelle
* Virus
* Weler


* Arimofa
* Koco
* Pluto
* Spinell


* Amilcar Italiana
* Anzani


* Alvarez
* Izaro
* Salvador


* Self

United Kingdom

* Adamson
* Allwyn
* Alvechurch
* Amazon
* Archer
* Armstrong
* Athmac
* Autotrix
* AV
* Baby Blake
* Baker & Dale
* Bantam
* Baughan
* Bell
* Black Prince
* Bound
* Bradwell
* Britannia
* British Salmson
* Broadway
* Brough
* Buckingham
* Campion
* C & H
* Carden
* Carlette
* Carter
* Chater-Lea
* Crescent
* Cripps
* Crompton
* Dallison
* Dennis
* Douglas
* Dursley-Pedersen
* Edmund
* Edwards
* Frazer Nash
* Gibbons
* Glover
* G.N.
* Graham-White
* G.W.K.
* Heybourn
* Hill & Stanier
* Howard
* Howett
* HP
* Imperial
* Invicta
* Jappic
* Jewel
* Jones
* Kendall
* Lecoy
* Matchless
* Marcus
* Pinnace
* Tamplin
* Tiny
* Vee Gee
* Victor
* Warne
* Wilbrook
* Willis
* Winson
* Winter
* Woodrow

United States

* Hanover
* Kearns LuLu
* Malcolm Jones
* O-We-Go
* Pacific
* Scripps-Booth
* Twombly (cyclecar)
* Xenia

See also

* List of automobile manufacturers

External links

Note added at 10 mins (2005-04-20 15:45:38 GMT)

automóviles pequeños y económicos.
Mucha suerte y saludos!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gabriela Rodriguez
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