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The Frisbie Motor Co.
Middletown, CT

In 1899 Russell A. Frisbie began constructing engines built for racing boats, American Automobiles, and motorcycles. By 1900, Frisbie offered eight engines of various sizes. Frisbie found the most efficient to be two cylinders two cycle engines mounted vertically. He also produced other engines with one to six cylinders.

In 1900 and 1901 after considerable trial and error, Russell Frisbie produced a two passenger automobile called the Frisbie "Red Devil". The Frisbie Red Devil was equipped with a two-cylinder opposed L-head engine, water cooled and rear-mounted. Reportly 5 Red Devils were built.

1901 Frisbie Red Devil
1901 Frisbie Red Devil

Frisbie exhibited a different car at the 1903 New York Auto Show at Madison Square Garden. It is not known how many of the 1903 models Frisbie produced. Then in the early 1900s under the Selden automobile patent American Automobile manufacturers were not permitted to build and sell automobiles without a resulting law suit. Under the Selden patent the association collected royalties on all cars. Frisbie apparently choose to just produce engines built for racing boats and motorcycles after 1904. In 1920 Frisbie retired.

We are looking for Frisbie Red Devil photographs or vintage Frisbie advertising for this web page. In the mean time enjoy this Frisbie Gasoline Engine ad from a vintage 1907 magazine.

1907 Frisbie Engine
1907 Frisbie Engine

In this 1907 Frisbie Motor and Machine Works Company of Middletown, CT built the following - four cycle engines, 4 to 40 horsepower engines, 1, 2, and 4 cylinder engines, and 6 and 8 cylinders built to order.  Claims made included - "Our engines are installed in the speedy Hornet, 23 miles per hour, and many other speed launches on the Connecticut River".

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