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.
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
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.
The Morgan Aero was built from 1920 to 1933.
Morgan 3 wheeler car event
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?
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 - 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