1924 Red Bug  Microcar  Chassis no. 5269

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Lot 202
1924 Red Bug Microcar
Chassis no. 5269

Sold for € 4,370 (US$ 4,832) inc. premium
1924 Red Bug Microcar
Chassis no. 5269
•Early American microcar
•Electric motor
•History unknown
•Restored to original condition in 2015


Footnotes

  • There can be few four-wheeled motor vehicles simpler than the Red Bug. A small, two-seater, wooden buckboard, the Red Bug was produced by the A O Smith Company of Milwaukee, USA, commencing in 1914. Originally called the 'Flyer', the Red Bug, or Auto Red Bug, was powered by an integral motor to start with, driving a fifth wheel. Five years later Smith sold the manufacturing rights to Briggs & Stratton, and they then passed (in 1924) to the Majestic Engineering & Manufacturing Company, later known as the Automotive Electric Service Company of North Bergen, New Jersey and subsequently as Automotive Standards. Various power units were used in the Red Bug over the years, including the Smith Motor Wheel, a 12-volt electric starter motor, and a Cushman petrol engine. In 1930 it was reported that the Indian Motorcycle Company would be taking over its manufacture, but little is known of the Red Bug after this date.

    The vendor advises us that this electrically powered Red Bug was restored to original condition in 2015, the electrics and battery being renewed and the motor overhauled by a specialist.

    Red Bug microcar 1924
    Châssis n° 5269

    •Une des premières microcars américaines
    •Moteur électrique
    •Historique non connu
    •Restaurée dans son état d'origine en 2015

    Il existe peu de véhicules automobiles à quatre roues plus simples que la Red Bug. Petite deux places à caisse en bois, la Red Bug était produite par la société A. O. Smith de Milwaukee, aux États-Unis, à partir de 1914. À l'origine baptisée Flyer, la Red Bug, ou Auto Red Bug, fut d'abord propulsée par un moteur intégral entrainant une cinquième roue. Cinq années plus tard, Smith vendit les droits de production à Briggs & Stratton qui passèrent (en 1924) à la société Majestic Engineering & Manufacturing, plus tard connue sous le nom de Automotive Electric Service Company de North Bergen, New Jersey et plus tard encore comme Automotive Standards. Divers propulseurs furent utilisés sur la Red Bug au fil des ans, y compris le Smith Motor Wheel, un moteur électrique de 12 Volts, et un moteur à essence Cushman. En 1930, on dit que la société des motocyclettes Indian avait repris la construction, mais on sait peu de chose de la Red Bug après cette date.

    Le vendeur nous informe que cette Red Bug électrique a été restaurée dans son état d'origine en 2015, les éléments électriques et la batterie ayant été rénovés et le moteur révisé par un spécialiste.
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1924 Red Bug  Microcar  Chassis no. 5269
1924 Red Bug  Microcar  Chassis no. 5269
1924 Red Bug  Microcar  Chassis no. 5269
1924 Red Bug  Microcar  Chassis no. 5269
1924 Red Bug  Microcar  Chassis no. 5269
1924 Red Bug  Microcar  Chassis no. 5269
1924 Red Bug  Microcar  Chassis no. 5269
1924 Red Bug  Microcar  Chassis no. 5269
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