The Covert Motorette Automobile & The Byron V. Covert & Co.






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Covert Motorette
Byron V. Covert & Co.
Lockport, NY
1901-1904

The Covert Motorette was built by Byron V. Covert a former bicycle manufacturer in Lockport, NY prior to 1901. Covert wanted to build a smaller and cheaper American Automobile.

His first model built in 1901 was a Runabout with a two cylinder engine rated at 3 horsepower.

By 1902 the Covert Motorette horsepower was increased to 5 and the price to $500.00. Runabouts and Touring Cars were made. In 1903 the Covert Motorette went chainless and weighed about 600 pounds. The price was increased to $750.00.


1903 Covert Runabout
1903 Covert Runabout


1902 Covert Motorette
1902 Covert Motorette
Byron V. Covert & Co.
Lockport, NY


1903 Covert Motorette
1903 Covert Motorette


The 1902 and 1903 engines were of a French design with the transmission gear attached directly to the motor. The rear axles were driven with bevel gears and these American Automobiles had a top speed of 60 miles per hour. The wheels base was a short 62 inches and a 48 inch tread. 27 inch wire wheels were equipped with Dunlap tires.

1904 Covert Runabout
Plan 1903 Covert Runabout

The 1904 Covert Motorette used a water cooled single cylinder 6 horsepower engine, sliding gear transmission two speed forward and reverse. The wheel base was increased to 68 inches, tread to 54 inches and the wire wheels were replaced with artillery type wheels. This two passenger automobile weighed 750 pounds and was priced at $750.00. In 1905,
the Byron V. Covert & Co. was reorganized into the Covert Motor Vehicle Co. and produced the
Covert.

1904 Covert Runabout
1904 Covert Runabout

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