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Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:42 PM

Choose Your 3 Wheeler Micro Car

Reliant Robin


Isetta Bubble Car


Messershmitt KR 200


Peel P50


Bond Bug


Just think about how rare and glorious the Peel is. Built on the Isle of Man. Smallest production car ever. You can lift it up by the rear and carry it into your office. I'm definitely going with the Peel!

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Reply Choose Your 3 Wheeler Micro Car (Original post)
ProudLib72 Feb 2019 OP
True Dough Feb 2019 #1
ProudLib72 Feb 2019 #3
Squinch Feb 2019 #2
ProudLib72 Feb 2019 #4
Squinch Feb 2019 #6
ProudLib72 Feb 2019 #13
Squinch Feb 2019 #20
flotsam Feb 2019 #29
tonekat Feb 2019 #32
jmowreader Mar 2019 #36
Docreed2003 Feb 2019 #5
ProudLib72 Feb 2019 #9
Docreed2003 Feb 2019 #14
Tikki Feb 2019 #7
ProudLib72 Feb 2019 #10
Solly Mack Feb 2019 #8
ProudLib72 Feb 2019 #11
Solly Mack Feb 2019 #12
MuseRider Feb 2019 #15
TreasonousBastard Feb 2019 #16
democratisphere Feb 2019 #17
eppur_se_muova Feb 2019 #19
ProudLib72 Feb 2019 #21
Lars39 Feb 2019 #18
Brother Buzz Feb 2019 #22
ProudLib72 Feb 2019 #23
Brother Buzz Feb 2019 #24
sakabatou Feb 2019 #26
mitch96 Feb 2019 #28
Brother Buzz Feb 2019 #34
mitch96 Feb 2019 #35
shenmue Feb 2019 #25
sakabatou Feb 2019 #27
BluesRunTheGame Feb 2019 #30
MicaelS Feb 2019 #31
tonekat Feb 2019 #33

Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:44 PM

1. I'd take this three-wheeler over any of those choices...

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Response to True Dough (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:47 PM

3. No, you can't have a Can Am

It has to be a classic micro mini.

I once got passed by this dude on a custom built three wheeled motorcycle. The thing was badass as hell. He'd used a big V8, so the weight to power ratio was off the charts. Going uphill at 100 mph was nothing for him!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:45 PM

2. I like the Peel too. The trailer is adorable.

The Reliant just looks like it forgot to put on its pants this morning.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:49 PM

4. The only downside I can see to the Peel is that it doesn't have a reverse gear

I guess in 1965 they figured you didn't need to do much tight maneuvering on the Isle of Man.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:51 PM

6. It's so little, maybe you could just whiz it around in a circle.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 10:04 PM

13. Just look at those stats!

Wheelbase 1,270 mm (50.0 in)
Length 134 cm (52.8 in)
Width 99 cm (39.0 in)
Height 100 cm (39.4 in)
Curb weight 56 kg (123 lb)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peel_P50


I would love to just try and fit in one. At 6' 2" I might have some trouble! However, I did find a picture of a "convertible" Peel.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 11:39 PM

20. LOL! Mental picture!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #13)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 12:19 PM

29. The term "Shriner's Parade" comes to mind... N/T

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 06:07 PM

32. I think to go in Reverse, you picked the rear up

You just hopped out and pulled it back where you wanted it.

I remember Clarkson driving one off of the elevator in their old BBC offices, and driving it around.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 4, 2019, 09:14 PM

36. It's not that

They figured you could get out and drag it by hand to where you needed it...there's even a handle on the back for that.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:50 PM

5. That Messerschmitt is a thing of beauty!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:55 PM

9. Prepare to pay through the nose for one

1962 Messerschmitt KR 200
Sold For $93,500
Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Sotheby's - MONTEREY 13 - 15 AUGUST 2015

https://rmsothebys.com/mo15/monterey/lots/1962-messerschmitt-kr-200/1075963


But I agree, it is charming.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 10:05 PM

14. Wow!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:54 PM

7. We saw a POLARIS Slingshot on the 101 so cal freeway the other day...




I guess they are street legal.

Tikki

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Response to Tikki (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:56 PM

10. Yes they are

I see them from time to time on the streets around here. Funny thing is, I never see them during the winter. Wonder why that is.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:54 PM

8. Messerschmitt

Messerschmitt. Some came with little trailers.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:59 PM

11. Ta da!



Notice the "trunk" on the back.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #11)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 10:02 PM

12. Thank you! It's very cool.

I could have used that during my school years.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 10:10 PM

15. I am fond of the Peel too

as it reminds me of my Smart Car that was never meant to travel all my gravel roads. RIP Horton.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 10:19 PM

16. I've always had a soft spot for the Isetta, and you could see a few...

here in the States.

But the Attica 2000 had that old Hudson soul, on the outside, at least.



Peel also made the Trident, which was doubtless unsafe at any speed, but looks like fun.





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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 10:20 PM

17. Isetta Bubble Car.

Wish they still made this vehicle.

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Response to democratisphere (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 11:29 PM

19. "In the event of a crash, the driver and passenger were to exit through the canvas sunroof."

Probably whether they planned to or not.

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Response to democratisphere (Reply #17)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 12:27 AM

21. They sort of do

Check out the Microlino based on the Isetta: https://www.micro-mobility.com/en/experience-micro/microlino

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 11:09 PM

18. The Lane Motor Museum in Nashville...

https://www.lanemotormuseum.org

Iíll get there one of these days.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 12:57 AM

22. A three wheel Morgan for me

I'd love to have a vintage one like this one from 1929




But, Boy howdy, I'd settle for one of the new ones

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #22)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 01:02 AM

23. Oh those Morgans are beautiful!

I forgot they made a three wheeler. I'm assuming the new ones are still entirely hand built? Whew!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #23)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 01:16 AM

24. Entirely hand built in an incredibility unassuming plant

Some time back, I watched a video of them being made.

I fell in love with them when I saw Peter Sellers driving a vintage one in the film, The Party (1968).

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #22)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 04:02 AM

26. Those are awesome

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #22)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 11:45 AM

28. ++Fantastic three wheeled autocar... ++

They handle pretty good too.. Big V twin out front. The newer models are more reliable with the S&S engines.. A harley knockoff.. I like the ones with the MotoGuzzi engine.. Some use the Miata transmission that has a reverse gear..
Growing up my buddy down the street had a Morgan +4.. Wood chassis and a triumph TR-3 engine.. His had a cream colored body with black fenders..

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #28)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 06:13 PM

34. The body frames were (and still are) made from wood (ash and now some engineered plywood)

All traditional Morgans had steel chassis. Today, the four wheel Morgan chassis are made from aluminum (making them wicked light!) while the three wheeler still uses a steel chassis.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #34)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 11:03 AM

35. Yup, all the body above the frame rails were wood covered in metal

Front cowl and rear sections were wood. Just like the MG-TC.. Back then you could buy wood replacement parts directly from Morgan in Worcestershire, England. You had to be a bit of a wood worker b/c all parts were custom fit.. You just got the bits with the proper steam bend or length and it was your job to make it fit properly... Great fun for a 15 year old kid..
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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 03:25 AM

25. Somewhere, a theme song with trumpets is playing

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 04:05 AM

27. There's no way I'd use a Robin

Then again, Clarkson did admit the rolling was done to "messing" with the internals.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 01:10 PM

30. Corbin Sparrow Electric

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 02:36 PM

31. The Reliant Robin? Oh, hell no.

Seen videos of that thing. It is VERY easy to turn over. No stability at all.

BTW, James Bond has sex in a Bubble Car with Patricia Fearing (the therapist at the clinic he goes to) in the novelization of Thunderball.

How he did that is best left as an exercise to the student.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 06:11 PM

33. Remember The Dale?

Never went into production, but the story behind it was fascinating.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twentieth_Century_Motor_Car_Corporation

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