An Argo parked in front of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. circa 1915

The Argo was a short-lived United States automobile manufactured by the Argo Motor Co in Jackson, Michigan, between 1914 and 1918. The factory had been previously used by the to build an electric car.[1]

The company originally made the four-cylinder "Motorvique" cyclecar based on the Ajax built by the Briscoe brothers in France. It had a 4-cylinder 12 hp engine and was different from the French market Ajax only in that it did not use friction drive.[1]

Few cyclecars sold well in America, and in 1916, it was replaced by a conventional 22 hp assembled touring car in an attempt to rival Ford at producing a "motor car for the millions". The 1916 model sold for $405 in two-seater form.

In 1917 the company was sold to Mansell Hackett and the name was changed to Hackett and moved its operations to Grand Rapids, Michigan.[1]

The company had no known connection with the Saginaw, Michigan, based Argo Electric vehicle company.

References

  1. ^ a b c G.N. Georgano, N. (2000). Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile. London: HMSO. ISBN 1-57958-293-1.