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Briggs & Stratton Flyer Cyclecar
The Briggs & Stratton Co.
Milwaukee, WI
1920-1923

The Briggs & Stratton Flyer was an American made Cyclecar produced by The Briggs & Stratton Co. of Milwaukee, WI from 1920 to 1923. The Briggs & Stratton buckboard resembled nothing more than a soapbox racer without the body. Two bucket seats sat on a frame with baby carriage type wheels and real hard wood slats on the floor.

However, the Briggs & Stratton Flyer was popular and some even exist today. The Briggs & Stratton Flyer had a fifth wheel trailing that carried a single cylinder air cooled engine with only 2 horsepower. It was the same small two cycle engine that got The Briggs & Stratton Co. it's start almost 100 years ago. Shown below is a vintage image of a 1918 Briggs and Stratton Flyer.

1918 Briggs & Stratton Flyer Cyclecar
1918 Briggs & Stratton Flyer Cyclecar

Briggs & Stratton Flyer specifications included the Briggs & Stratton Motor Wheel with a 2 horsepower engine, 2 1/2 inch bore, stroke 2 1/2 inch. It's wheelbase was 62 inches, overall length with motor attached was 98 inches and a 30 inch tread. Top speed was rated at 25 MPH.

1920 Briggs & Stratton Flyer Cyclecar
1920s Briggs & Stratton Flyer Cyclecar

A. O. Smith Co. of Milwaukee, WI purchased rights to manufacture the British designed Wall Motor Wheel in 1917. A number of improvements were made to the original and Smith developed the Smith Flyer and the Smith Motor Wheel. In 1919 Briggs & Stratton purchased the rights from the A. O. Smith Co. continued to improve it after their acquisition, manufacturing the Briggs & Stratton Motor Wheel and the Briggs & Stratton Flyer.

1918 Smith Flyer Cyclecar
1918 Smith Flyer Cyclecar

Shown above is the Smith Flyer Cyclecar produced by The A. O. Smith Co. in Milwaukee, WI from 1917 to 1920. Almost all the features of the Smith Flyer were incorporated into the Briggs & Stratton Flyer. Shown below is a 1920s Auto Red Bug Electric Roadster, the last of the flyers.

1920s Red Bug Electric Roadster
1920s Auto Red Bug Electric Roadster

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