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Nehi Soft Drink Advertising Cyclecar

Today the vinyl car wrap is a common form of advertising on the roadways of the land. Back in the teens, twenties and thirties things were a bit different, and small dedicated attention getting automobiles and cyclecars were used to get the message across. Nehi soft drinks were first introduced to the marketplace in 1924 and live on today as a brand bottled by Dr. Pepper.

This cyclecar appears to have been made up of from parts from a number of different sources and a few Model “T” Ford parts can be seen in the mix. The maker of the tiny little multi-cylinder magneto-fired engine is unknown along with who built this contraption and where was it used? The little car behind it was also built by an unknown automaker, but it has very GM-like styling.

Please comment if you can tell us more about either of these vehicles that originate from a post on Hemmings Motor News by Michael Lamm titled Oddballs and Weirdos that are from the Charlie Beesley photo collection.

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9 responses to “Nehi Soft Drink Advertising Cyclecar

  1. Star, Oldsmobile, Reo and Willys had very similar radiator shells, but I think the touring car is a 1925 or 26 Star.

  2. Earlier posted, was the Comet V8. I noticed at the time those guys were racing around the track probably with out a drive shaft loop, let alone a shield of some kind. Again, with the Nehi car, that chain looks all but ready to gobble up that pant leg. Jeez. Funny how attitudes change. When I was a kid, my cousin had similarly styled home made go cart. All I remember is how cool and fun it was. I couldn’t care less about safety., speed was seductive.

    • Chuck, when I was a kid, a friend built a go-cart using a horizontal shaft engine from an old Jacobson reel style lawn mower. It used a chain drive and one day he got the tail of his unbuttoned shirt caught in it. To hear him tell the story, he was about to be pulled into the sprocket and chain, but managed to shed the shirt first. I know it sure gave him quite a scare.

  3. I believe he was inspired by the building under construction in the back yard. Perhaps the materials used were deemed surplus to that greater project.

  4. The cyclecar’s engine is from a post 1920 Henderson. But, I have a hunch that the cyclecar is, or was previously one of those baby or midget racing cars, popular in the US in the 1910’s and early 1920’s. I doubt the back wheels are original, but the rest of the design matches those cars well. Similar to the Gus Petzel and Art Smith cars that have been posted on here before.

  5. I will make comment ONLY on the length of those legs!: If one allows for “ratio & proportion” then THAT woman would be 9 feet tall and the Nehi bottle would be a 10 GALLON MILK Can ! ZOWIE!!! AS to the home-made car they were everywhere as were BARN-Engineered farm tractors, which usually began with a “T” or “A” Ford frame, shortened with at least two transmissions and a LOT of angle-iron.
    When golf courses started “popping up” in the ’20’s , Hand made Tractors from car & truck parts were commonly used to DRAW large gangs of REEL MOWERS. One Term was: “DOODLE BUG” which also lent this name to Western Auto Motorscooters. Edwin – 30 –

  6. The mild suggestiveness of the NEHI sign is reminiscent of those ads for “a buck well spent on a Springmaid sheet”.

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