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Bi-Autogo (engine cover removed for display purposes).
ManufacturerScripps Automobile Company
DesignerJames Scripps Booth
Body and chassis
Body styleroadster
Engine6.3 L V8
Transmission4-speed manual
Curb weight3,200 lb (1,500 kg)

The Bi-Autogo was a prototype American cyclecar, built from 1908 to 1912.[1][2]

Designed and built by Detroit artist & engineer James Scripps Booth,[3] it had the usual two wheels (wooden-spoked, 37 inches (940 mm)), plus two pairs of smaller, retractable outrigger wheels[4] in the three-seater body.[3] Fitted with wheel steering,[3] it had a 45 hp (33.5 kW) V8 engine (3.5 in × 5 in (89 mm × 127 mm), 384.8 cu in (6,306 cm3)),[3] the first of its kind from a Detroit company,[5] with an external copper tube radiator, and a weight of 3,200 pounds (1,500 kg).[5] Just one was built. It is in the collection of the Detroit Historical Society.[6] The Bi-Autogo was restored in 2017 by Mobsteel in Detroit.[7]

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  1. ^ Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.115.
  2. ^ Irish Times, September, 2009
  3. ^ a b c d Clymer, p.115.
  4. ^ Neil, Dan (September 4, 2007). "The 50 Worst Cars of All Time: 1961 Amphicar". Time. Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  5. ^ a b Time magazine online
  6. ^ McGuire, Bill (July 1, 2015), Detroit’s Incredible Hidden Car Collection, Motor City Garage, archived from the original on July 5, 2015, retrieved 2015-07-04
  7. ^ "Automotive Showplace | Detroit Historical Society". Retrieved 2017-03-10.