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THE SUN, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1913.
Opera Limousine Both ohaoid in hand Season Season novembers OPEN noiO m e53 -Tim M M FOREIGN SMALL GARS ARE NOT CYCLECARS And It's Poor Prnctice to Copy Tlicin as Such, Snys A. L. MeMurtry. COST IS HIGHER AMUOAD l?ut Anici'icnns Are Overlooking Tim I Klpinenf, Too. Snys Knerincpr. Br U.IIIIV I.. SIcMI'IITII V, rnnanlt- Ihk HnnlnriT, Tlu clKMpect motor vohlcln Is thfl motorcyclo. Noxt to It Is the cluvip nutn mutillo. Most arc nwarn of tho char-ii'ti-nstlri of the chrnp automobile, yol vviy fmv I ally know the mmlorii hlisli puwt iril iimim cycle. C'f all the motor propollcil vehicles tho iiioiUtii inotmoyclu i tin1 leapt undeistooil and the most util cially eoiidcmnril. Almost oil tlio siiku incuts aKaliit tlio modern motorcycles nip f.iKe lior.nisp they are based upon iisutiiptton rather than facts. It In truo that the cailler types of motorcycles were not all that could he desired. Tho tame may he said of the alltomohlle. Tho must faiii'leil fault of tho motnr c.M'le Is that it Is uncomfortable, tin tho coii'rai 1 was surprised at the easy rldlm: qualities of the motorcycle. It Is 1 1 IK' , ii feel the humps of the road, but not an more, anil In most cases less, than ;Mnc In the rear seat of somo small miiomobtlos, The side or tlltltiK motion of the automobile Is entirely eliminated. It is possible with the motorcycle to pick out the smoothest part of tho ion ami therefoie attain a hlcher rate of spoed with mole comfort than In the averaco small automobile. The ivlimlT volume tax In some forelco cniinirtr was so heavy that the manii f.'H uiels designed cats lit ted with small hlph speed motors. These small carswete In most raes exact duplicates of the regu lar prodti"t, except on a much smalb r scale. Theso cars proved that a small Iiir'i speid motor with a four speed transmission was tho equal of the l.nae s'ow fped American motor with a two or threo speed ti nnsmltslon. It Is u nils ilieii Idea that theso cars wore dr sls'ied sohly to compete with the Inex pensive American car, as somo appeared on the hlthwayH abroad lonp before thn so-called Invasion of the American car. After consideration of tho motorcyolo with the side car attachment and tho nilnlatute automobile, tho follmvltiK quc tlons arise : Cannot a motorcyclo be mi do with four wheels and nrranced with n comfoitnblo two pasowror body? Con slderliu? tho design of the mlnlaturfl car. Is It necissary when building a imnller i ir to follow precisely accepted automo bile ciiKlnccrlnff practice? The questions would Imply that tho fundamental consideration whb cost, since tho scope of tho motorcyclo Is to bo cn l.iiKod while that of the miniature car Is listiicted assuming that a two pas M ii,'er car contalnlni; nil tho essentials of a motorcycle, thereby avoiding apparently tho ixpenslvo construction of the auto mobile, or n mlnlatuii! car built on 11 b sser degree of rollnenieiit would answer the nqulmmentH. Manufacturer of such a car have named It a cyclecar. Wo havo two types of a cyclecar! namely, the modified motorcycle and the small automobile. If It Is possible to build a cyclecar which i mbodies almo.it all the essential parts of t.ie motorc.NcIa why iiro not tho motor tycle builders maklns them? Why are so few Interested? The jirlc of a modern motorcyclo averages between $250 and (326, und when equipped with a sldo car between 1335 and 1100. If we tako tho price of a motorcycle h a basis of com parison, then a tnotorcyvle typo or cycle car should reasonably cost over $500. That Is, provided, however, the proposed ooleo.'ir Is built with tho same stetllnir quality (if workmanship mid material which may bo found In the modem motor cycle. Tho characteristics of such a car In re spect to speed, power and method of con trol would eliminate It from the cheap automobile class. In other words the ad vantage of rapid acceleration, taking all hills on high gear and possible overload ing, would bo discarded In return for the presumably economical ost of upkeiii with rcspoot to fuel and thes. .Substan tiation of tho fnregolns Is found In tho fact that the so-called cheap price of the foreign cyclecar averages over $tlOu ami that the detail, design and workmanship of tho car Is not to bo oompand with that of tho foreign motorcycle. Wo have In this country a car the de sign of which afforded amailnp manu facturing possibilities which have ma terialized. The success of this typo of car Is lesponsiblc In a gloat many te sports for the cyclecar agitation. Almost SU per cent, of the proposed American eyelec.irs are. designed to compete more or less with this class of automobile, and a.i such could hardly be called oyclccari. All th" proposed Ameilcan cyeleoars iiro nothing more or less than small automo biles and as surh am In a class by them selves In 1 1 Kuril to utility, operation and cost of maintenance. Theprlceof tlieactual American cuioeur Is very close to that of the cheap automobile, while the prices of the cyclecars that remain In blueprint fm in lire too low to guarantee either II rst class coustructloiiorthelractii.il exlstenci s tho cyclecar Is at present of consid erable; Interest It l natural to hear of a great demand for them. Mas this demand been analyzed? Is It a question of what Is wanted or what can bo supplied? Does tho question of cost supersede mechanical construction? Docs the demand actually exist or Is It a question of many In quiries und few sales? Why are the large automohlle factories with their won derful manufacturing facilities not at tempting to supply It 7 Can It be possible that tho makers of cheap automobiles iiro waiting to ellmlnatu their list of full equipment, design a skeleton body and meet tho demand for a oclecar with a cheaper automobile? It Is not my Intention to appear pessi mistic, on tho subject. However, the cyclecar has afforded questionable pro moters a new excuse to organize manu facturing companies to bufld ryelecarn at ildlculously low ftsures. Automobile en tltieers should discuss the cyclecar frankly and fearlessly In order that tho public wil know Its limitations. Knthusl nsiii over the cyclecar should be limited to that which Is supported only by fact. K BBBBsW.r4.'it' ) 1 1 ti't'" IbbbbbI l i STYLES AND PRICES. V. O. II. X. T. TOURING CAR $2015 SEVEN PASSENGER CAR .. 2115 PHAETON 2015 ROADSTER 2015 INSIDE DRIVE LIMOUSINE. . 2850 LANDAULET COUPE 2550 LIMOUSINE 33M Limousine completely equipped. $3300. F. 0. B. N. Y. Other models, Limousines, Landaulcts and Broughams, from $3075 to $4000. DETROIT CADILLAC MOTOR CAR COMPANY 1819 BROADWAY, NEW YORK CITY Brooklyn Branch: (1 FUlbuih At. Tetephon (I? Main TrirptMM 170 Mtmtai Newark Branch: JIS Hlejr Street Telephone Slit Market I I 5 S3 UNPARALLELED SIX DEMONSTRATION LET us show you by actual demonstration how the Buick Six climbs Abbey Hill on high gear with five passengers, throttled down to a speed so slow that a passenger steps out of the car and walks faster than the car is travelling. Also how it can start for this same hill at eighteen miles per hour on high gear and reach forty miles at the top. During the demonstration we will take you up 181st street hill leading from Riverside Drive to Fort Washington Ave., up Fort George Hill and any other hills you care to take on high gear. Ask any other company that does not fear compari son with Buick performance to demonstrate likewise. Buick Motor Company Brooklyn 338 Livingston Street New York Hroudway at 55th Strrnt Newark 222 Halsey Street I 45 H. P. $2,000 Of big importance to the man con templating the purchase of a motor car is the responsibility of the man ufacturing company, for upon this depends the satisfaction he will get from his car. Vclie service is backed by trc- an uutomobilc, tho advantages to mendoua financial standing and a the purchaser arc at once apparent, record of years of clean-cut dealing The Velio elves more In actual with owners. service, In hitch standard of quality, When tills is coupled with a car both in construction and equip' that has in it everything of real ment, than any other car at the usablo value that ran ho built into samn price. GARLAND AUTOMOBILE CO., 1888 Broadway, New York City TELfcrJIONfc 55U6 LULUMUUS The Packard "2-38" Toivn Car The Packard "2-38" is a maximum service vehicle for every condition of use. As a town car its facility of operation, wonder ful riding qualities and lack of vibration, provide a combination of advantages wholly unique. In the matter of rapid acceleration, it is a marvel No less conspicuous is its superior ability to turn within a short radius. It will turn without backing in a street forty-four feet ivide. No other car of its ivheel base in the ivorld is its equal in this particular and the majority of cars with a much shorter wheel base require more space for the purpose. Let us prove these things by a demonstration. The Packard in action is its own best advertisement. We will shortly have on exhibition an assortment of enclosed bodies, both domestic and foreign, designed especially for Pack ard chassis, and offering a wide field of selection. Specifications may be obtained in advance. ASK T II E M AN WHO OWNS ONE Packard Motor Car Co. of Neiv York 1861 Broadway Brooklyn Flatbush and Eighth Avvnuen Newark Hartford Springfield Long Island City THE TITO.TniRTY.ElCnT SIX PASSEXGIH UHOVSIHF. DISCUSS GEAR SHIFTERS. Klri'lrlr T iim Tnlkril itvrr hy Hp trull Anlit HtiRlnerra, Tho Detroit set Inn, Knlrty of Aiitomo hllf KiiKlncrs, nt Its nn'ctlnic Inst Thurs day ilevotfd the evening to "Kloclrle dear Shifting" iind to thy iippllcntldn tit electrical devices now on the market to tho automobile. Those mi th- speakers,' list were C ft. UndcrhlU, hlef electrical enKlneer of thn Acmo Wlic Cotniiuny, New Haven, C'nin. ; It. J. NlRhtliiRiilo of tho Wlllard StnniKo Hattery I'ompatiy, Cleveland : W. A. Mc Carrell, chief engineer of the Vulcan Motor Devices Company, mnnufnrtui of tho Vulcan electric pear shift, Phila delphia, who discussed tho use of elect m muctietn, tefetrliur particularly to tin Kc'lierul principle of twiRnetli! winding llii'lr power and durability, tho stors.nn battery and Its efficiency In relation ti. thi- electric Rear shifting- device. W MeCarrell explained the principle of tni Viilciui mechanism, Its construction m.J efficiency. Frank N. Nutt, chief enKlneer of th Haynes Automohlle Company, spoke of the efficiency of the Vulcan device In the operation of the Hnynis tar. Th Haynes Automobile iVunpany wan arming tho first In the field to abandon the hand shift method of shlftliiK Muim They in sert that tho electrical apparatus wnlch cpl'ici'K tho hand lever on thel- cirs I IK pel cent, efficient. Mitt The MERIT of OUR NEW TOWN CAR Justifies Your Consideration New Dip Roof Limousine May Be Seen -At WHITING MOTOR CO. 1802 BROADWAY TUXPIIONCi mi COLUMBUS The Holt-Chandler Company 1808 Broadway New York City are showing exclusive Limousine and Brougham Models mounted on the 50 h. p. Six Cylinder Maxwell C has si s individual trimming and finish. OVERMAN pneumatic Cushion-Tread TIRES Guaranteed 5000 Miles Absolutely Non-Skid Extra Thickness of Cushion Trea4 Extra Service Extra Resiliency Puncture Blow-outs Rim-cuts Gives : Reduces Ptltnled October 7. IttS Fits any Standard Q D Rim Investigate! Ask Your Dealer OVERMAN TIRE COMPANY 250 West 54th St., New York City Phone. Columbus 8771-3-3 A. G. SPALDING & BROS. 1875 BROADWAY, NEW YORK Motor Cars Unit Power Plant Three Point Support Multiple Disc Dry Clutch 7 Passenger Limousine, Short Wheel Base for Town Cars. $5,800 7 Passenger Limousine, 138 inch Wheel Base . . . $6,000 Landau Phaetons, Coupelets Demi-Berlines and Berlines Phone Columbus 5161 for Catalogues and Literature STKVKNS-Dl KYKV roMIWM, Cimcopkk Pau-h, Mabs. Pioneer UuililurH of American Sixes.