Empire Novelty Engine

| September/October 2000

Empire Novelty Engine

67 Rockland Avenue Larchmont, New York 10538

I felt very fortunate to find such a rare and unusual engine, but when it came with the original sales literature (enclosed) I was most pleased. On the back of the sales sheet was a note to the original owner dated 6-4-1915, telling the owner that the cost of a new coil for his engine would be $2.50, signed by a member of the Empire Novelty Company, of Waterloo, Iowa.

In the twenty-five years since I purchased it I did very little to the engine other than repainting it, putting an exhaust pipe on and installing a Splitdorf spark plug with an exhaust chamber vent on the side with an exhaust whistle. Although the sales ad shows a green engine, mine was blue when I purchased it.

There was never a manufacturer's plate on the motor, and I never would have found out who made it if it hadn't come with the original sales sheet; once in a while you luck out. To date I have yet to find one at a meet.