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Names for early sporting cars??

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Just a thread for amusement...

Here are some names for sporting cars from the Horseless Carriage era....

Speedster

Speed Car

Gentlemans Speedy Roadster (my personal favorite)

Anyone got more???

Regards

Gavin

1915 Fiat, Tipo 2, Skiff

1915 American LaFrance Speedster

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Thomas Flyer

Marion Bobcat

Stutz Bearcat ( in 1918 they called it Speedster for a while)

National Speedway Roadster and Semi-Racing roadster

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Oh yes some very nice ones their guys!

So to recap we have....

Speedster

Speed Car (Simplex)

Gentlemans Speedy Roadster (Stanley)

Raceabout

Cloverleaf

Runabout

Flyer (Thomas)

Bobcat (Marion)

Bearcat (Stutz)

Speedway Roadster (National)

Semi-Racing roadster (National)

Any more??? :)

Gavin

Edited by gavinnz
added the brand names... (see edit history)

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Nice!

Updated list.... now in alphabetical order.... :)

Bearcat (Stutz)

Bobcat (Marion)

Cloverleaf

Flyabout (Thomas)

Flyer (Thomas)

Gentleman's Speedy Roadster (Stanley)

Raceabout

Runabout

Speed Car (Simplex)

Semi-Racing roadster (National)

Semi-Racer (Model K Stanley)

Speedster

Speedway Roadster (National)

Any more???

Gavin

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Yes, that makes sence. Thanks. So the US version of Cloverleaf is a three seater..... I think the Italian version is a four leaf clover for luck maybe from racing days?? Alfa Romeo has used it on some of it's more performance versions of some cars.

Regards

Gavin

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Was under the impression that "cloverleaf" had to do with the stem and leaves layout. You entered the car thru door in front ( at this point you are at the stem) and sat in either front seat or went between them to get to the rear seating ( seats being the leaves) ( either 1 or 2 seats there for a 3 or 4 leaf clover layout).

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All duly added, plus I put in Alfonso :)

Alfonso (Hispano Suiza)

Alpine tour

Bearcat (Stutz)

Bobcat (Marion)

Cloverleaf

Flyabout (Thomas)

Flyer (Thomas)

Gentleman's Speedy Roadster (Stanley)

Lakewood Torpedo (Lozier)

Meadowbrook Runabout (Lozier)

Prince Henry (Vaxhall)

Raceabout

Racytype (Mora, Velie)

Runabout

Speed Car (Simplex)

Semi-Racing roadster (National)

Semi-Racer (Model K Stanley)

Speedster

Speedway Roadster (National)

Any more???

Gavin

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Was under the impression that "cloverleaf" had to do with the stem and leaves layout. You entered the car thru door in front ( at this point you are at the stem) and sat in either front seat or went between them to get to the rear seating ( seats being the leaves) ( either 1 or 2 seats there for a 3 or 4 leaf clover layout).

Interesting... the pictures I have found so far of early cars called cloverleaf are three seaters without rear doors. So maybe that was the common use of the term in the USA but you could have four seats too??

Anyone have any early books that mention it??

Regards

Gavin

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