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The W. H. McIntyre Co.
Auburn, Indiana
1913-1914

Built by the W. H. McIntyre Co. of Auburn, Indiana for only two years, 1913 and 1914. The Imp was a pioneer manufacturer of Cyclecars in America.

The passenger rode in a tandem seat directly behind the driver.

The Imp was powered by a V-Twin (two cylinder) air cooled motorcycle engine. The engine had a heavy flywheel and developed 10 to 12 horsepower. The transmission was of the friction type (4 speeds forward) and the rear wheels were driven through long V-belts outside of the car.

1913 Imp Cyclecar
1913 Imp Cyclecar

The W. H. McIntyre Co. also produced the McIntyre (1909-1915) and W. H. McIntyre was general manager of the Kiblinger (1907-1909).

1914 Imp Cyclecar
1914 Imp Cyclecar

Other specifications included frame construction, light weight wood, sheet metal body, no axles, independent wheel suspension, seats two passengers, wheelbase 100 inches, thread 36 inches, tires 28 x 2 1/2 inches, weight 600 pounds, top, horn and extra lights. All for a price of $375.00.

1913-14 Imp Springs
1913-14 Imp Springs

The Imp Cyclecar had many original and unique features, particularly in its spring construction.

Instead of having axles there are two flat springs set crosswise of the frame and with their ends attached to yokes between which the wheel spindles are fitted.

Those in the front being attached to a pivoted steering knuckle, while those in the rear are fastened to a rigid arm.

Imp Cyclecar Factory - Auburn, Indiana
Imp Cyclecar Factory - Auburn, Indiana

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