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Title J. McCune Imp & Spinning Machine
Collection JMS DeKalb Co. 1837-1987 Collection
Description This is a photograph of the the J. McCune Imp & Spinning Machine. This operating principle was a program for the Imp Cycle mechanics. The Imp Cycle was one of the more unusual cars built in Auburn. In the period from 1912 to 1915 a cyclecar fad swept the country. W. H. McIntyre was quick to capitalize on the new concept. He brought William B. Stout to Auburn to engineer and design the new car. The cycle car was the original economy car. As its name suggests, it was like a motor cycle with four wheels. Passengers were seated tandem, one in front of the other. The car was low and narrow. Imp advertised that it could be driven through a garden gate and stored on the front porch. It had a V2, 15 horsepower, air cooled engine; friction transmission; belt drive; 100 inch wheelbase; and weighed 600 pounds. Its price was $375. A unique feature was that the car could be started from the driver's seat by inserting a crank in the steering column. The Imp was built in 1913-1914 at the rate of about 50 per month in the plant. The plant was located on the north side of W. 7th St. at 500 W. 7th St., Auburn, DeKalb Co., Indiana.
Notes by John Martin Smith
Classification Other/Transportation/Automobile
Date Unknown
Catalog Number 2008.05.22.363
Number of images 1
Place Auburn, Indiana
Print size 3.5" x 5.5"
Provenance John Martin Smith
Search Terms Imp Cycle
McIntyre, W. H.
Stout, William B.
McCune, John
Subjects Auto Production