Briggs Stratton Midget Mobile

Briggs Stratton Midget Mobile


This is perhaps one of the rarest vehicles in the collection. This is one of two known to exist. Plans to build this vehicle were published in a November 1936 magazine called Mechanics and Handicraft. Harry acquired a copy of the original plans and he had a expert aircraft builder build this one. The other one that is known to exist is also a reproduction.

Award history:

Selected as the group photo for Vintage Briggs Stratton Engines FB Page
Selected as the group photo for Antique Briggs N Stratton Gas Engine
Info & Parts Exchange FB Page

First Place Custom Motorcycle at KGAI Open House
Third Place Custom Car at KGAI Open House

The direct drive motor wheel was developed by Arthur William Wall of Birmingham, England, around 1910 to power a bicycle. The concept of attaching the motor directly to the wheel was not new; Ferdinand Porsche developed one around 1900, but his motor wheel was electric. The A.O. Smith Corporation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, acquired the U.S. manufacturing rights to the Wall Motorwheel in 1914. and first produced the motor wheel for use on bicycles, but later added the wooden-framed buckboard car that they called the "Smith Flyer". In 1919 the manufacturing rights were purchased by the Briggs & Stratton Company, who produced the Motor Wheel and Flyers.

Click here to view the plans

Click here to view the parts list

Click here to see other vehicles that used the motor wheel

Click here for a printable info sheet on this vehicle

BSA made a similar motorwheel called the Winged Wheel.

Click here for info on the BSA Winged Wheel

Click here for pictures of the Wall Auto Wheel on a bicycle

Click here for info on the Merkel Motor Wheel

Click here for other motor wheels

Click here for an unusual motor wheel. 1892 Millet motorcycle.
The Millet motorcycle, designed in 1892 by Félix Théodore Millet, may have been the first motorcycle (or motorized bicycle) to use pneumatic tires.[1] It had an unusual radial-configuration rotary engine incorporated into the rear wheel, believed to be the first one ever used to power a person-carrying vehicle of any type.

Click here for the Singer Motorwheel

Click here for info on the Young Motor Attachment

Click here for Harry's Flickr collection of different motor wheels

Tags: Briggs & Stratton, Motor Wheel, Smith Motor Wheel, motorwheel, 3 wheeler, three wheeler
Equipment Specifications
ManufacturerBriggs & Stratton
ModelMidget Mobile
LocationFlymall, Maryland
Number of Seats2
Detailed Information
Detailed Description
The A.O. Smith Corporation attached their motorwheel to a simple 4 wheel vehicle that they called The Smith Flyer. They produced the vehicle from 1915 until about 1919 when the manufacturing rights were sold to Briggs & Stratton and it was renamed to Briggs & Stratton Flyer.
Flymall, Maryland
Today in Aviation History
March 24, 1949: The Bell XH-12 set a world speed record for helicopters by flying 134 mph over a measured course at Niagara Fall Airport. The previous record was 124 mph.