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The first Pierce Motorette was completed. This automobile had a 3½-horsepower De Dion Bouton single-cylinder, water-cooled engine that was located just forward of the rear axle. A horizontal, finned-tube radiator was located under the front part of the body. In operation, the water circulated from the radiator to the engine, then to a tank on the body above the engine, then back to the radiator. A float-equipped carburetor received gasoline from a tank under the seat and arm air from a duct running through the center of the water tank. Also under the seat was a small oil tank equipped with a hand pump which forced oil to the engine. A chain connects the engine to a starting crank in front of the right wheel. Controls consisted of four small levers, located on the steering column, and two pedals. The largest of the levers placed the transmission in high hear when it was put to the left and in low gear when it is moved to the right. The small lever to the left was the spark control and the other two levers are carburetor controls. The right pedal operates the external contracting brakes on the small rear-wheel drums, the other pedal operated the reversing mechanism. The ignition switch was on the front of the seat framing. The body rests on four elliptic springs. The frame was tubular. Behind the dash was a package or tool compartment. These automobile only had two speeds as standard equipment.
1901 Pierce Motorette