The American was made by American Cyclecar Co. of
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in 1914. It had a 4-cylinder engine of 1.2 liters, and featured a friction transmission and
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. The headlights were inserted into the fenders, a feature later associated with the Pierce-Arrow. The make was superseded by the Trumbull.


^ G. Marshall Naul, "American (iii)", in G.N. Georgano, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars 1885-1968 (New York: E.P. Dutton and Co., 1974), pp. 41. 1910s cars Defunct motor vehicle manufacturers of the United States Cyclecars Motor vehicle manufacturers based in Michigan {{Brass-auto-stub