Friday, January 31, 2014

My most beloved micro cars from the 50s, 60s and 70s

1956 Paul Vallee
1956 Paul Vallee
Place of origin: Blois, France 
The car had a wide, comfortable bench seat. The steering wheel was in the shape half circle cut off on the bottom, making it easy for people get in and out of the car.


1966 Peel Trident
1966 Peel Trident
Place of origin: Isle of Man, England 
Something like today's pope's mobile. Or he should get one like this. To enter the car, you lifted up the bubble top. The Trident was offered in both gasoline and electric versions.


1959 Scootacar MK I
1959 Scootacar MK I
Place of origin: Leeds, England 
Like many microcars, it's essentially a three-wheeled scooter with an enclosed body. It's even steered using something that looks very much like handlebars. Only 1,500 were made and very few survive.


1972 Bond Bug 700E
1972 Bond Bug 700E
Place of origin: Tamworth, England
This is what I call a cute version of Back to the Future car. This three-wheeler was marketed to 18 to 25 year olds who needed a fun, cheap set of wheels. It was available in this color, tangerine orange, only.


1958 Rollera
1958 Rollera
Place of origin: Levallois-Perret, France 
This car is one of only three known to survive. Sold at Christies in 1997. It was apparently purchased as a plaything for children and it basically sat in a sandbox and deteriorated.


1957 Voisin Biscooter C31
1957 Voisin Biscooter C31
Place of origin: Paris, France 
A car designed for performance and function rather than appearance. Too bad this car was a prototype that never made it into production.


1956 Fuldamobil S-6
1956 Fuldamobil S-6
Place of origin: Fulda, Germany 
The Fuldamobil's body made from stretching the metal sheet over cast aluminum form. 
For the technique to work, the shapes had to be curvy. The result is a car that inspired the term "bubble car"


1955 Inter 175A Berline
1955 Inter 175A Berline
Place of origin: Lyon, France 
This car was introduced as "Autoscooter". It's narrow like a scooter but with protection from the enclosed body. The backseat was just not big enough for adult but could fit 2 very small children. 


1951 Reyonnah
1951 Reyonnah
Place of origin: Paris, France
This foldable front wheels car was a solution for hard to find parking space in post-war France. 
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