About fun on three wheels

Our Man James admits to a weakness for three wheeled vehicles and remembers a few which have passed through. Where are they now.?News and sitings would be welcomed. If you have a favorite, please tell all. (photos by kind permission of Pioneer Automobiles, whose archive is well worth a visit, as indeed is the Website    www.pioneer-automobiles.co.uk)

The Busy Bee,

 

built in 1919 as a single seater with lovely odeon style cockpit, this little gem was asdly in need of restoration when last seen . It may be in the west country and hopefully it has found the t.l.c. it deserved. It is said that it had covered some 250,000 miles before the outbreak of W.W.2.

The 1978 A.B.C. basically a mini with two wheels at the front and one at the rear. Last seen heading towards the U.S.A.

The 1970 A.F. Spyder Sport 

AF Spider Sports

Made in small numbers, this particular one built for F1 team boss Colin Crabbe with generous cockpit and with performance and handling way beyond its appearance. Tuned mini cooper engine and mostly marine ply. Last seen in the Wirrall.

Berkeley T60

Berkeley T60 rear

A handful of these powered by the Excelsior two stroke air cooled engines have been enjoyed. Strong following from home and abroad

.Bond;

Bond Minicar EstateBond Ranger 875TS

The Microcar of the 1960’s had a diminutive air cooled engine of 125c.c.No reverse gear

The later Ranger featured a detuned Hillman Imp engine of 875c.c. and is capable of 80 m.p.h.

B.S.A. great Morgan competitor. Excellent 1100c.c. air cooled V twin engine or later with  perhaps less appealing Ford sidevalve power.

Citroen Lomax;

Citroen Lomax 224 Sports engine

simple and sturdy fibreglass body with Citroen 2.c.v. air cooled twin up front

Hudson Free Spirit

                            Hudson Free Spirit

single seater of superb quality. Renault five power plant. Last seen en route to Sweden.

J.Z.R. happy memories of a Morgan look a like with Honda 500c.c. power.

 

Later ones had bigger engines. Excellent build quality and good performance.

Mochet. 

Mochet Microcar

technically a four wheeler but with back wheels very close together. French with very small air cooled single cylinder engine. Last heard of in Herefordshire

Morgan. The best known in the sporting field. You can buy a new one if you have a spare £30,000.

Raleigh

Raleigh 3 wheeled van

Light delivery van built with motorcycle running gear. Actually had a steering wheel.

Reliant;

Reliant Truck

one of the best known British maker of three wheelers. See Dell- boy’s van but this is the Ant and rarer.

1930 Sandford 

 

1100c.c. french version of the Morgan, considered more sophisticated. Cockpit like a Tiger Moth.

There are many more three wheelers about  If you have one please tell us about it

7 thoughts on “About fun on three wheels

  1. I can confirm the whereabouts of the 1970 AF Spyder as being ‘alive and extremely well’ on the Wirral, as I have owned the vehicle for the last four and a half years !

  2. Fantastic to see pics and info on these rare little modes of transport
    I have a pair of 1949 girder forked models.with the 4cyl. s/v Reliant engines
    and gearboxes fitted.Been sitting in the barn for over 20 years.One of my ‘imagunners’These vehicles were used by a bakery to deliver bread to houses
    around the Geelong Vic.seaside area
    The drivers doors were removed by the bakery owner as
    “it is slowing the drivers deliveries down”.The usual mode of delivery was the bakers horse and cart.
    All the aluminium is there for my vans,but they both need new woodwork

    • Hi Bob. Great to hear about your vans. I managed to locate and restore an AJS van for the nephew of the original proprietor of the Firm. It was in an orchard with trees growing through it. I wonder where that is now. Last seen running and looking pretty good! If you decide to have a go I can put you in touch with a Reliant enthusiast friend of mine.
      best regards O.M.J.

  3. OMJ, not trying to be a sm*rt ass but the Sandford you show is an air cooled model. This was a flat twin of 954cc and launched at the Paris Motorcycle show in October 1933. This was an attempt by Stuart Sandford to widen his market by introducing a budget version.

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