American Automobiles American Automobiles American Automobiles

The Smith Flyer Cyclecar & The A. O. Smith Co.

1955 Nomad 1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Nomads for Sale
Nomad Station Wagons
Original and Restored
1956 Nomad 1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Nomads for Sale
Nomad Street Rods
Numbers Matching
1957 Nomad 1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Nomads For Sale
265 and 283 engines
Fuel Injection
Smith Flyer Cyclecar
The A. O. Smith Co.
Milwaukee, WI
1917-1920

The Smith Flyer was an American made Cyclecar produced by A. O. Smith Co. in Milwaukee, WI from 1917 to 1920 and later by Briggs & Stratton. The Flyer had a body made of hard wood slats that from a distance you might easily mistake it for a kids pedal car. If fact it wasn't much larger than a kids pedal car. However, it had twin bucket seats and a breezy open air design.

Besides its buckboard body, the Flyer was distinguished by having five wheels on the ground. The fifth wheel supplied the power and was called the Smith Motor Wheel.

1918 Smith Flyer
1918 Smith Flyer appearing in Motor Wheeling Magazine

The Smith Motor Wheel was mounted on the rear and carried it's one cylinder engine, 2 1/4 inch stroke, 2 3/8 inch bore. The little engine developed only 1 1/2 horsepower. A shift lever up front allowed the operator to lift the little engine off the ground so it could idle without stopping. To start the fifth wheel was lowered. To stop a pair of braked lined fenders was pressed against the rear wheels by a brake pedal up front.

Vintage Photo of 1918 Smith Flyer
Vintage Photo of 1918 Smith Flyer

Only a single model of the A. O. Smith Flyer Cyclecar was produced. It was a two passenger open buckboard type automobile with small bicycle type wheels. Shown above is a vintage photo with adults at the wheel.

1917 Eddie Foy and his Smith Flyer
1917 Eddie Foy and The Seven Little Foys

In 1917 Eddie Foy, actor, comedian, dancer and vaudevillian, purchased a Smith Flyer and use it in his vaudeville acts. Between 1910 and 1913, he formed a family vaudeville act called "Eddie Foy and The Seven Little Foys" which quickly turned into a national institution.

1914-1915 Argo Cyclecar Magazine Ad

The forerunner of the Smith Flyer was this gas driven Smith Motor Wheel designed for bicycles. Many were made before the Smith Flyer. The last of the Flyers was this electric version shown above on the right that was made up to 1925 by the Automotive Electric Service Co. and called the Auto Red Bug and widely used in Amusement Parks. They also made Motor Wheels after buying the patent from Briggs and Stratton.

Find Antique Cars, Collector Cars, 1950s-1960s Classic Cars, 1960s-1970s
Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Street Rods and Vintage Military Vehicles!
1900-1929 Antique Cars For Sale
1930-1939 Antique Cars For Sale
1940-1949 Collector Cars For Sale

1950-1959 Classic Cars For Sale
1960s 1970s Muscle Car For Sale

Hot Rods & Rat Rods For Sale
Pro Street & Street Rods For Sale

Collectibles Automobilia For Sale
Vintage Auto Advertising For Sale

Auto Manuals & Literature For Sale
Auto Books & Manuals For Sale
Auto Brochures & Catalogs

1929 Studebaker
Find Auto Related Collectibles, Automobilia, Advertising, Auto Manuals,
Auto Books, Auto Brochures and Vintage Auto Literature For Sale!

Site Navigation

  • HOME - American Automobiles
  • A - Manufacturers
  • B - Manufacturers
  • C - Manufacturers
  • D - Manufacturers
  • E - Manufacturers
  • F - Manufacturers
  • G - Manufacturers
  • H - Manufacturers
  • I - Manufacturers
  • J - Manufacturers
  • K - Manufacturers
  • L - Manufacturers
  • M - Manufacturers
  • N - Manufacturers
  • O - Manufacturers
  • P - Manufacturers
  • Q - Manufacturers
  • R - Manufacturers
  • S - Manufacturers
  • T - Manufacturers
  • U - Manufacturers
  • V - Manufacturers
  • W - Manufacturers
  • X - Manufacturers
  • Y - Manufacturers
  • Z - Manufacturers
  • Electric Automobile Manufacturers
  • Steam Automobile Manufacturers
  • American Cyclecar Manufacturers
  • American Automobiles Automotive Articles

  • Fabulous Tail Fins of the 50s & 60s

    1920 Smith Motor Wheel 1920 Smith Motor Wheel

    1958 1959 Impala For Sale

    Chevrolet : Impala Sport Coupe 1958 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe - ORIGINAL 348 TRI-POWER!

    $64,950.00
    End Date: Tuesday Sep-23-2014 14:25:17 PDT
    Buy It Now for only: $64,950.00
    Buy It Now | Add to watch list

    Chevrolet : Impala coupe Fully Restored 1958 impala Coupe

    $49,995.00
    End Date: Friday Sep-12-2014 13:03:54 PDT
    Buy It Now for only: $49,995.00
    Buy It Now | Add to watch list

    Chevrolet : Impala base 1958 chevy impala convertible

    $51,000.00 (3 Bids)
    End Date: Saturday Sep-6-2014 18:00:00 PDT
    Bid now | Add to watch list

    Chevrolet : Impala hardtop 1958 impala barn find

    $7,800.00 (31 Bids)
    End Date: Saturday Sep-6-2014 17:23:28 PDT
    Bid now | Add to watch list

    Chevrolet : Impala 2 door convertible 1959 Chevrolet impala convertible 348

    $66,100.00 (23 Bids)
    End Date: Thursday Sep-4-2014 22:54:40 PDT
    Bid now | Add to watch list

    Chevrolet : Impala RARE 2 DOOR WITH 348 TRI-POWER 1958 Chevrolet Impala Sport coupe 348 TRI POWER AUTOMATIC TURBO 400

    $34,500.00
    End Date: Thursday Sep-4-2014 9:31:02 PDT
    Buy It Now for only: $34,500.00
    Buy It Now | Add to watch list

    Chevrolet : Impala Impala 2 door hardtop biscayne 1959 Chevy Impala barn find

    $15,100.00 (21 Bids)
    End Date: Sunday Sep-7-2014 13:12:39 PDT
    Bid now | Add to watch list

    Chevrolet : Impala Base Hardtop 2-Door 1959 chevy impala

    $26,000.00 (12 Bids)
    End Date: Thursday Sep-4-2014 21:38:12 PDT
    Buy It Now for only: $50,000.00
    Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list
  • Home | Site Map | Links | Privacy Policy

    This site is Copyright Farber and Associates, LLC 2009-2012, All Rights Reserved