American Junior (automobile)

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The American Junior was made by American Motor Vehicle Company of Lafayette, Indiana from 1916 to 1920. Also known simply as the American, it was an ultra-light two-seat vehicle with a one-cylinder engine. It was mainly intended to be sold for children. Its manufacturers hoped to compete with rickshaws in China and to produce electric vehicles for invalids.


  • Georgano, G.N., "American (iv)", in G.N. Georgano, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars 1885-1968 (New York: E.P. Dutton and Co., 1974), pp. 41. ISBN 9780525083504 .