You're looking at the back end of a cyclecar, which in America was defined as a vehicle with four wheels, a narrow tread (distance between the left and right wheels), and an engine no bigger than 71 cubic inches. These skinny, lightweight cars were little more than a motorcycle with four wheels and a chain drive. Wheelbases rarely exceeded 100", and the bodies were so narrow that the passengers usually sat in tandem, rather than side-by-side.
Most American cyclecars had whimsical names, including Dudley Bug, Zip, Imp, Cricket and my favorite, Oh-We-Go. The Woods Mobilette was touted as America's first cyclecar, and we are delighted to have this 1914 Woods Mobilette Model 3 tandem roadster on display. It has a 69 cu. in. 4-cylinder engine, gets an incredible 35 miles to the gallon and can allegedly go 35 mph. I think pieces would bounce off if we went that fast, however. I also wouldn't want to go faster than 15 mph around a corner on its 36" tread, as it felt very tippy the one time I drove it. Still, I love this car and it's one of the favorites of many museum visitors. Everyone chuckles when they learn that brakes were optional on the Woods Mobilette, costing $10 more if you wanted them added!
You can see the Woods Mobilette in action in this video.
P.S. If you know of an Imp cyclecar for sale, let us know!