1915 Trumbull Model 15-B Cyclecar

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1915
  • Chassis number 
    637
  • Lot number 
    698
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

1915 Trumbull 15B Cyclecar
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 637

'The Trumbull was a honey of a cyclecar. Had more cyclecars been as well made, this type of vehicle might have enjoyed more success in America.' – 'Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942.'

Although conceived by Harry J Stoops, the car took its name from its financial backers, brothers Alexander H and Isacc B Trumbull, who had acquired the rights to the design when they bought the American Cyclecar Company. Built in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the Trumbull was powered by a four-cylinder 14/18hp engine, designed by K L Hermann of the Hermann Engineering Company, and featured shaft drive and (in 1915) a three-speed sliding-gear transmission (1914 cars had a friction transmission). It was nothing if not compact, its vital statistics being a wheelbase of 80", a track of 44", and a weight of only 950lbs. A top speed of 50mph was claimed. Roadster and coupé models were offered.

Most of the Trumbull's home-grown competitors left much to be desired in terms of practicality and reliability, tarnishing the cyclecar's reputation and leading to sluggish sales. The result was that most of Trumbull's output was exported, some 1,500 of the 2,000 produced finding customers in Europe and Australia. On 7th May 1915, a consignment of 20 Trumbulls, together with Isaac Trumbull, was aboard the liner Lusitania when it was torpedoed by a German U-Boat. Isaac had been on his way to the UK to clinch an order for 300 cars, and his tragic death brought an end to the Trumball Motor Car Company.

An older restoration, this Trumbull 15B cyclecar previously formed part of the Gerald Sichel Collection and was purchased by the Key Collection when a selection of the Sichel cars was auctioned at Hershey in 2010. A rare example of the American cyclecar, this charming little Trumbull should provide the fortunate next owner with years of enjoyment.

Should the vehicle remain in the UK, local import taxes of 5% will be added to the hammer price.