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Car-Nation Cyclecar
American Voiturette Co.
Detroit, Michigan

The Car-Nation Cyclecar was built by the American Voiturette Company of Detroit, MI from 1912 to 1914. This was a large Cyclecar weighing in at 700 pounds and sold for $500.00. Power for the Car-Nation Cyclecar car was provided by a 4 cylinder L-head engine with 18 horsepower. A selective type transmission, 3 speeds forward and a reverse with multiple disk type clutch.

A unique V-shaped radiator provided the cooling. Three models were offered, a model A two passenger roadster that was priced at $495.00 and a Model B two passenger tandem side by side two seater roadster that sold for $510.00. In addition a larger Model C four passenger touring Cyclecar was offered at $520.00. Wheels were a detachable wire - 30 inch X 3 inches. Wheel base was 104 inches. Standard equipment was a horn, head lamps, tail lamps and a set of tools. Shown below is the Car Nation two passenger roadster

1914 Car Nation Magazine Ad
1914 Car Nation Magazine Ad

Charles S. Shaffer owner of the American Voiturette Company purchased the Keeton Motor Company which produced the Keeton an American Automobile. By the end of 1914 the American Voiturette Company was in receivership and all remaining Car-Nation Cyclecars and Keeton automobiles were sold. Quantities were said to be 600 Car-Nation Cyclecars and 100 Keetons.

1914 American Voiturette Company Magazine Ad
1914 American Voiturette Company Magazine Ad

According to this 1914 magazine ad - "The Car For The Nation" is the Car-Nation.  The ad continues to claim - "The Car-Nation is a high grade, well designed carefully built automobile with a four cylinder motor, sliding gear transmission and floating rear axle."

1914 American Voiturette Company Magazine Ad
"The Car For The American Public"
More Than a Cyclecar.

Restored Car Nation Cyclecar
Restored Car Nation Cyclecar

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