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The O-WE-GO Cycle Car

A little over a month ago we did a post called: The Monarch Motorcycle and its Cousin the O-WE-GO Cycle car. Information and photos or illustrations are hard to come by on the short-lived cycle car and reader Tom Jakeway came through for us by sending us a sales catalog from the company.

We can now see all three body styles offered with the O-WE-GO, along with an interesting overhead illustration of a Two Passenger Roadster in the center (below). The battery-powered electric lamps seen on the front fenders, are a copy of those another New York State machine, the Pierce-Arrow.


Just below is is an illustration showing a side view of the power plant and and drive system, which utilized a friction drive with “innumerable forward speeds and one reverse”.  The cooling fan can be seen at the front, and at the rear of the v-twin engine is the Atwater-Kent distributor with the ignition coil mounted further back on the firewall.

You can look back to the first post here on The Old Motor and learn more from two articles in The Automobile Magazine about the O-WE-GO, both dated 1914. You can also look back on many interesting photos and information from Tom Jakeway (scroll down).

5 responses to “The O-WE-GO Cycle Car

  1. I would really be interested in reading more on that “friction drive with innumerable forward speeds and one reverse”.

    Sounds like a continuously variable transmission, or conical sliding belt drive, or similar.

    Tom M.

  2. Dave, I see the O-WE-GO cycle car is from Owego , N.Y. That beautiful little town is just twelve miles west of where I live. It was badly flooded in 2011 and is making a steady recovery. I never knew these cars were built there, and I’ve lived here for over fifty years, which can show you, you learn something new every day.

  3. David, The March 2010 issue of Hemmings Classic Car had an article featuring the only known O-WE-GO currently restored and drivable. The car and it’s owner lived, appropriately enough, in Owego. Cyclecars seem so fragile looking it’s a wonder any of them even survived.

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