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Loose rivets
4th Mar 2013, 21:25
:*Well, chaps, time to throw away yer BMs and MBs. (Especially the latter)


Do we want one? Heck, yes!

Imagine con in one. It would be a tight fit, but think, con, you could sell your truck.


Volkswagen introduces world's most economical car |*CarAdvice (http://www.caradvice.com.au/25172/volkswagen-introduces-worlds-most-economical-car/)






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G-CPTN
4th Mar 2013, 22:53
VW 1 Liter Car (http://www.seriouswheels.com/cars/top-vw-1-liter-car.htm)

Volkswagen 1-litre car - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_1-litre_car)


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Pappa Smurf
4th Mar 2013, 22:59
Vehicles like this are great if you live in a golf resort surrounded by buggies,but i would be to scared on the open road of getting wholloped by the larger variety of machinery.I always like a 50/50 chance.

Worrals in the wilds
4th Mar 2013, 23:32
Agreed, Papa Smurf. A large truck could use one as a speed bump. :eek:

broadreach
4th Mar 2013, 23:42
Loose Rivets,
Das Auto ist Photoshoppit, nein? Looks much like the old Messerschmidt three-wheeler, ja?
broadreachen

Edit: apologies, shot from the hip before looking at the other photos. Ah well. But would not like to get involved in heavy motorway traffic in one of those.

con-pilot
5th Mar 2013, 03:34
Imagine con in one. It would be a tight fit, but think, con, you could sell your truck.



It got an ejection seat? Looks like it needs one. :E

Loose rivets
5th Mar 2013, 06:52
Brings the Messerschmidt Beetlebug to mind. I don't know if that's the correct name, but that's what it was called in the 50s

File:Messerschmitt Kabinenroller.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Messerschmitt_Kabinenroller.jpg)

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Mar 2013, 07:07
Bloke round the corner from me has one of they Messerschmidt three wheelers. Got a couple of other nice bits of kit too. Apparently one of the big shots in the local classic car mob. Saw a landau in his front yard the other day.

Lightning Mate
5th Mar 2013, 07:49
I think I'll keep the Merc - it's only fuel after all, and we ain't about to run out of it.

rotornut
5th Mar 2013, 13:28
The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum microcars, bmw isetta, messerschmitt, messerschmidt, kr200, micro cars (http://microcarmuseum.com/index2.html)

The SSK
5th Mar 2013, 13:45
The registration seems very apt: WOB*L 1

Limeygal
5th Mar 2013, 15:55
I would feel a complete idiot driving one of those, also a bit claustrophobic. Over here they are selling "smart cars" which are about as big as my wheelie bin.

G-CPTN
5th Mar 2013, 16:31
Many years ago (1960s) a major vehicle manufacturer designed a small car.

It never saw production as it cost as much to make as their medium-sized car.

Back then folk wouldn't pay for small . . .

. . . apart from the original Mini (which lost BMC 30 for every one that they sold).

Lonewolf_50
5th Mar 2013, 16:44
It has room enough for one person and one bag of golf clubs. Or two suitcases.

Practical on some levels.

Loose rivets
5th Mar 2013, 16:49
I think I'll keep the Merc


Mumble grumble - bubble bubble toil and trouble. MB. Mumble mumble.

rotornut
7th Mar 2013, 06:38
Here's another one - very expensive for such a small vehicle:
Overview | iQ | Scion Canada (http://www.scion.ca/scion/en/vehicles/iq?gclid=CKKG85GM6rUCFSbNOgodvx8AWg#)

Lightning Mate
7th Mar 2013, 07:27
Over here they are selling "smart cars" which are about as big as my wheelie
bin.

I have one of those too, used as a local runabout.

The "Tridion" cage is supposed to use the other cars' crumple zones during an impact, but I am very conscious of how small it is and drive it very defensively.

Some time ago I watched a programme where one was fitted with remote control and crashed at 45 degrees and 70mph into a concrete barrier.

When the dust settled, the drivers' door opened!!!!!

Yamagata ken
7th Mar 2013, 10:11
If you want a small and economical car, here's what the memsahib drives. 660cc and AWD. Room for four adults.

http://imageshack.us/a/img607/550/sdsc3016.jpg

Perfectly refined inside. Aircon and electric windows. It's also fun to drive.

http://imageshack.us/a/img192/429/sdsc3018.jpg

Room in the back for use as a delivery vehicle.

http://imageshack.us/a/img705/8640/sdsc3019.jpg

And if you really need a truck, here's a tipper. Enough space in the bed for a 90x180cm sheet of ply to lie flat.

http://imageshack.us/a/img163/8664/simg3681.jpg

G-CPTN
7th Mar 2013, 10:22
Here's another one - very expensive for such a small vehicle:

Pah! - the Aston Martin version is twice that price:-
Aston Martin Cygnet - Road Tests - Motoring - The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/motoring/road-tests/aston-martin-cygnet-2373055.html)

Lightning Mate
7th Mar 2013, 10:24
Where's the paddle-shift electronic gear change?

The Smart Car has it!

The SSK
7th Mar 2013, 10:37
My old Dad once briefly drove a Panhard PL17 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panhard_PL_17), given to him by my brother who was into exotic cars. 848cc and a full six seater (bench front seats with column change) and very luxurious with a lot of quirky modern touches for its time. I only rode in it a couple of times - this was after I flew the nest - but I loved it.

chuks
7th Mar 2013, 11:15
Germany is trying to develop and market a "3-litre car," a small car that uses only 3 litres of fuel to travel 100 km. (62 miles), and they have come close.

The one that led off this thread was just an attempt by VW to show what is achievable. It's never going to be marketed.

The most interesting car I have seen recently is a Ford with a 3-cylinder engine. It's a Fiesta, I think, and it's very economical while still being a normal car.

Those early micro-cars were not particularly fuel-efficient. The Messerschmitt, for instance, burned 6.5 litres per 100 km., since it had a 2-stroke engine.

The Japanese used to have 360-cc. cars taxed as motorcycles. I don't know if they still do, but they were quite common in Tokyo in the late Sixties.

Lightning Mate
7th Mar 2013, 11:21
My 700cc Smart (petrol) does fairly well considering the age of its' design.

I have achieved 65mpg driving gently. At 70mph the engine is turning over at 2900rpm in sixth.

Denti
7th Mar 2013, 11:48
Well, Volkswagen is actually bringing the L1 to the market, however only in a very small series of 50 vehicles. But it can be bought. Would think though that that series is already sold, too many guys just collecting stuff like that.

And of course germany tries to bring a 1 litre car to the market, of which the L1 is only the first series. Three litre cars already have been sold quite some time ago, both the VW Lupo 3L and the Audi A2. Both were no commercial success though.

Yamagata ken
7th Mar 2013, 12:59
The Japanese used to have 360-cc. cars taxed as motorcycles. I don't know if they still do, but they were quite common in Tokyo in the late Sixties.The photos I posted above are of the 360cc class that are now 660cc (kei cars).