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
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.
A handful of these powered by the Excelsior two stroke air cooled engines have been enjoyed. Strong following from home and abroad
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.
simple and sturdy fibreglass body with Citroen 2.c.v. air cooled twin up front
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.
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.
Light delivery van built with motorcycle running gear. Actually had a steering wheel.
one of the best known British maker of three wheelers. See Dell- boy’s van but this is the Ant and rarer.
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