In 1950 Ducati built its first motorcycle. This bike had a displacement of 60 cc and weighed 98 pounds, and top speed was 40 mph. By 1960 Ducati had made history by producing the fastest 250 cc road bike of the period
Almost as a hobby, in 1977 Guy Duport built a prototype, first-of-its-kind diesel-powered microcar. It was a small car with a plastic body and 2 doors, equipped with a 510cc (about 31 cu. in.) Lombardini diesel engine. According to Duport, that 10HP engine assured 3,500 hours of operation, allowing it to travel potentially more than 62,000 miles.
Danish inventor, musician, blacksmith, and cyclist, Mikael Pedersen (1855 – 1929), believed conventional bicycles were "weakest where they ought to be strongest and heaviest where they ought to be lightest.” He, therefore, restyled the conventional bicycle to resolve what he saw as the most troubling elements of design.
Buckminster Fuller had a long and productive career. He was a visionary that worked in many fields, from the environment to architecture. The Dymaxion, which is an acronym for DYnamic MAXimum TensION, was his most famous automotive project.
Production of the 3800 continued until 1988 when VéloSoleX stopped manufacturing mopeds. However, in 2004, the Cible Group purchased the brand and launched the e-Solex, an electric bicycle, notably designed by the famed Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina.
The Elcar was a small electric car produced by the famous Italian design and coachbuilding company, Zagato. Known for designs such as the Ferrari 250 GT, Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale, and Aston Martin DB7 Zagato, the Zele, as it was known in Europe, was quite a departure.
Eysink, the first Dutch car manufacturer, was founded by D H (Dick) Eysink in The Netherlands in 1886 as a bicycle manufacturer. Sons Menno and August saw a future in automobiles and motorcycles, and directed the company’s efforts accordingly.
Paul M. Lewis started an airplane company in Denver, CO in the 30s, to construct VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) aircraft. Shortly after, he began to design an economical mode of transportation for the masses he planned on selling for $300. It took form as a three-wheeled aerodynamic automobile called the “Airmobile”.