Unknown, early 20th c.
flivver (plural flivvers)
- (colloquial, dated, Canada, US) An automobile, particularly one which is old and inexpensive.
1920 July, Seelye, Lyman, “Quite a Picnic”, in The Overland Monthly:
- Billy being too poor to own a car, had hired a cheap flivver for the day, and was purposely ten minutes behind the time, but to his disgust found the procession not yet started.
1998, Sellars, Nigel Anthony, Oil, Wheat & Wobblies: The Industrial Workers of the World in Oklahoma, 1905-1930, University of Oklahoma Press, →ISBN, OL 683367M, page 180:
- These workers were often joined by impoverished small farmers from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri who pooled their resources to buy a flivver and follow the harvest into the Dakotas and Canada.