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3-Wheeler Cars

Updated on July 11, 2014

Vintage 3 Wheeled Cars

What is a three-wheeled car? I hear you ask. Well some might say its not a car at all... others (usually those that have owned one - and I include myself in this), tend to have a strong affection for them. In my case, the 3-wheeler car in question was a Bond Bug which I owned back in the 1970's.

The three-wheeled car is also referred to as a tricar or tri-car. They are also sometimes referred to as trikes and cyclecars.

But did you know that the first motor car was in fact a 3 wheeled car? Whilst 4 wheeled cars have gone to be the accepted norm, 3-wheeler cars are still being produced and have an enthusiastic, if some-what smaller following. They have also incorporated some novel concepts over the years, for example the three wheeled car above was designed to be fold-able!

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Updated 11th July 2014 p.m.

3 Wheeler Benz from 1885      source: Wikipedia
3 Wheeler Benz from 1885 source: Wikipedia

Benz Patent Motorwagon

This three-wheeled car was introduced by Karl Benz in the 1890's.

It was petrol driven and one of the earliest cars on the road. It had a 954cc single cylinder four stroke engine. It had a top speed of almost 10 miles per hour. Later developments of this 3-wheeler included a manually applied leather shoe brake.

Working Replica of 1885 Benz 3 Wheeler

Working Replica of 1885 Benz 3 Wheeler
Working Replica of 1885 Benz 3 Wheeler
1912 Morgan Runabout Deluxe
1912 Morgan Runabout Deluxe

Morgan Runabout Deluxe - 1912

The Morgan Runabout Deluxe was introduced in 1912 and was Morgans first 3 wheeler car.

This British built car company was founded in 1910 and is still producing cars today. All Morgan cars are hand built.

Morgan 3-wheeled car
Morgan 3-wheeled car

Morgan Aero

The Morgan Aero was built from 1920 to 1933.

Morgan 3 wheeler car event

BMW Isetta 3 wheeler car
BMW Isetta 3 wheeler car

BMW Isetta

The BMW Isetta was in production from 1956 to 1962 and sold in excess of 160,000 vehicles.

This model had a 298cc single cylinder - 4 stroke engine

3 Wheeler Car - What do you think about them?

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Bond Bug

Bond Bug
Bond Bug
Peel Trident 3 wheeler car
Peel Trident 3 wheeler car

Peel Trident

1965 - 1966

Featured a clear "bubble top". This three wheeled vehicle with its 49cc engine was reputed to be capable of 100 miles per gallon of fuel.

Peel P50 - 3 wheeler car
Peel P50 - 3 wheeler car

Peel P50 - MICROCAR

1962 - 1965

Produced by The Peel Engineering Company on the Isle of Man. Promoted at the time as being a city car, it was capable of carrying one person and a shopping bag

I hope that you have enjoyed visiting my 3-wheeled car lense - Your comments are always welcome

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @MarathonRunning: Thank you.

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      Martina 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Interesting & fun :) Thanks for sharing!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: They do look strange don't they.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Those were fun to see. Interesting especially - the oldest ones.

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      curtmaxwall 5 years ago

      A good collection of 3 wheeled vintage cars..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am looking for an image of a car mentioned in my grandfathers diary of a small 3 wheeled car with 3 seats arranged like a clover make Autocar he imported to australia in 1912

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am looking for an image of a car mentioned in my grandfathers diary of a small 3 wheeled car with 3 seats arranged like a clover make Autocar he imported to australia in 1912

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @JoleneBelmain: Thank you so much for your visit and blessing.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      These are truly amazing cars, it would be great to see one... I've been to all sorts of car shows, but have never seen a 3 wheeled car.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @Rangoon House: Thank you ever so much for the visit and blessing - always appreciated.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I did enjoy this visit. I especially liked the Benz three wheeler. Blessings.

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      Very interesting! When I was in India many years ago, one of the most common forms of transit was in three-wheeled cars called "auto rickshaws." Quite an interesting way to travel through traffic!

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      IDo2 5 years ago

      my dad had a 3 wheeler that was a mini pick up truck. I believe it was called a triportor. here is an image of it: http://tinyurl.com/72wfavj

      great lens :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm glad to hear this got featured in Squidoo's Car Show Winner's Circle and am sorry I missed that event. Wonderfully presented and just so darn much fun...I would love to have a BMW Isetta....dreaming!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I am still dreaming of getting another 3 wheeler Bond Bug!!

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Had no idea 3-wheeler cars are still being produced. Really enjoyed your lens. Congratulations on getting featured in Squidoo's Car Show winners circle!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Loved this lens. I have seen pictures of these before but not read about them. Some of them almost look like racecars. I'm wondering how fast they can go. Blessed this lens.