- The body is made of papiér maché.
- There is a single Cyclops headlight in the center of the radiator.
- It has unique clover leaf seating for three.
In 1886, Benjamin Briscoe established the Briscoe Manufacturing Company in Detroit, Michigan, for the production of sheet metal products. He specialized in making radiators for the new automobile industry. In 1904, Briscoe joined with Jonathan Maxwell to produce Maxwell-Briscoe automobiles. In 1912, Briscoe left for France to make the Ajax cyclecar. Production there was cut short when his factory was used for shell manufacturing during World War I. In 1914, Briscoe returned to the United States where he began producing Briscoe automobiles in Jackson, Michigan.
The 1914 and 1915 Briscoe automobiles had a 4-cylinder engine and a light body made of composition papiér-maché material. Their most unusual feature was a single “Cyclops” headlight set in the radiator shell, but this was soon abandoned because it was illegal in a number of states. Notice the seating arrangement in this 1915 Briscoe Roadster. The “Cloverleaf” seating arrangement makes it possible to carry three passengers.
Briscoe automobile sales figures increased with each year of production until 1920. Late in 1921 the Briscoe automobile became the Earl. This marque was discontinued in 1923.