Monday, May 31, 2010
Miniature Cars & Scooters
A Series of 25
This four-wheeler mini-car is of unusual shape. It is semi-panoramic, and entrance is gained by the centre section opening from the left side. Powered by a 197 cc Villiers engine has a speed of 45 m.p.h.
Eagle Works - Pontefract
Sunday, May 30, 2010
A Series of 25
Eagle Works - Pontefract
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Cycle cars were all the rage back in the teens and twenties. And they continued their popularity well into the the thirties -- in France. (Why is it the French are always a little different?)
But the concept of making your own car (or boat, or plane) is something that still grabs people's attention.
This is a "How-to" article from the January 1932 issue of How to Built It magazine. It kind of makes you wish you had a "junked outboard motor" tucked away in the back of your garage.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
It was just a matter of time.
The Japanese regulations that led to Kei cars have now produced the newest version of the Cobra. This Cobra sports a 660cc engine (or a 770cc with a supercharger). It looks like a well-muscled minicar -- but we are pretty sure the girls don't come as standard options.
Monday, May 17, 2010
This ad, for an early version of the King Midget, was pulled from a 1940's issue of Popular Mechanics. It was probably back in the back, between an ad for Charles Atlas and an automotive trade school.
With the attention being given to these "personal mobility" vehicles, maybe it's time to take a look at an updated King Midget.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Photo courtesy of GM.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Sometimes it seems that ebay has become the only place to look for cars for sale -- but there are other options. This pretty little Autobianchi appeared on Craigslist last month. The price seems a little steep -- but the car certainly photographs well.
We'd be interested in a report on the car if anyone saw it at the Carlisle show.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The article describes the vehicle as similar to the General Motors PUMA concept. (See April 10, 2009 write-up.)
So...what makes it Robotic? According to Popular Science, "Guided by radar, GPS, and car-to-car and car-to-road signals, the vehicle pilots itself, leaving the commuter free to talk on the phone, access the internet, or watch videos on a large transparent OLED screen."
That means you can safely use your iPod in your Commuter Pod. Pods R Us.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Many of us in the mini and microcar world are familiar with the Little LeMans -- but the races we associate with that name were the small-bore, production sedan races of the late 50's and early 60's, held at Lime Rock Park in northwestern Connecticut.
This video is clearly a different take on Little LeMans.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
We thought that a search for Crosley racers sould come up with some cool videos of Hot Shots and Super Sports -- and maybe even some of those neat little Crosley-powered H-Mod racers.
But this is what we found. A 1955 Crosley Refrigerator racer. Hmmm.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
We've all seen our fair share of scooters...Vespas, Piaggios -- even Cushmans. But when was the last time you saw a flying scooter?
Yep. This is a flying jet-scooter. If you don't like the traffic on the ground, this one will take you above it all.
At least that's the concept. You see -- this scooter only exists on paper (or on computer). But...wouldn't it be cool?
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Malcolm Briklin orchestrated the introduction of the Subaru 360 to the United States in 1968. The little (356cc) car weighed less thatn 1000 pounds, so it was exempt from the safety standards of the day. Over 300 cars were imported in the first year, and it is estimated that over 10,000 cars were exported to the US -- originally selling for $1,297.
Consumer Reports gave the car a "Not Acceptable" rating in 1969, and sales began to slump -- but it served as the entry for all the Subaru cars that we see here today.
And there is an odd version currently listed on ebay -- described as a Subaru 360 Yacht car, looking like a cross between a Subaru and a Fiat Jolly. You've got to love it.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
How could you resist a car like this?
Single-seat, three-wheels -- a commuter's dream. (I guess it would be a nightmare if you met another car, but we'd prefer not to think about that.)
According to Wikipedia, the Brütsch Mopetta was an egg-shaped, single seat, three wheeled microcar designed by Egon Brütsch (who also designed the Spatz Kabinenroller) in 1957 as Brütsch Mopetta using a 50 cc ILO V 50 engine and an open roadster type glass fiber body. Only 14 were built.
A single wheel was in the front. The car was only 67 inches (170 cm) long. There were negotiations with Opel to distribute the car, but only sales brochures were produced.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I went looking for images of the Ford Comuta electric car, and stumbled across this video. It's in French, so I have no idea what the narrator is saying, but the cars speak for themselves.
The first car . . . the small silver microcar that looks like an oddly-shaped Isetta or Heinkel, is really a French creation known as L'Oeuf. Built by Paul Arzens in 1942, this car was featured on the blog back in August of 2008.
The Ford Comuta, an experimental electric car from 1967 can be seen later in the video. This video certainly makes the French appear to be "ahead of the curve".
(The photo of the Comuta is courtesy of Ford Motor Company.)
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sometimes you get news...sometimes you get history...and sometimes you just get questions.
I guess this is a combination of history and a question.
About one minute into this video there is a Crosley Hot Shot that spins at a corner. According to records I can find, Steve Lansing drove the #6 car in the 1951 100-mile race, finishing the race in 14th place.
But the car in the video sure looks like it has a #61 on the side. Am I losing my eyesight, is it a different car, or a typo. You tell me.
The video is from auto-history.tv -- but we found it on The Chicane.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
We found a very cool story (complete with a video) about a pair of Smart Cars taking a trek past the arctic circle -- on the roads made popular by the Ice Roads Truckers TV show.
Posted on Autopia, the story shows that 4-wheels on a Smart Car can go places that we all thought demanded the 18-wheels of one of those big rigs.