The slogan The Worlds’s Greatest Cycle Car is quite a boast, but during the short period of time between 1912 and 1914 when the cycle car craze was active, aggressive marketing was the practice at the time. The January 1, 1914 issue of The Automobile tells us that the Comet was built by the Economy Cyclecar Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana, and it was designed by Fred P. Merz. The name was later changed to the Comet Cycle Car Company.
The 100-inch wheelbase machine with a 36-inch tread was powered by a 10-h.p. Spacke V-twin air-cooled engine that was manufactured by the small engine and air compressor company also located in Indianapolis. The drive was through a planetary transmission and a shaft with dual V-belts and pulleys. It was a pleasantly-styled machine equipped with cycle fenders, the front pair were attached to the spindles and turned with the steering system.
It was reported in the press that an initial batch of twenty cars were built for testing with production to follow. It is possible this was all that were assembled as the July 4, 1914 Automobile Topics reported on the Company entering into receivership at that time. The postcard image above was from Comet Cyclecar Co. of California, that was located in San Francisco and is courtesy of Alden Jewell. You can view a dozen plus articles covering other cycle cars here on The Old Motor.