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Tsunoda Mini-z Noda (Robin)- 2001

Tsunoda Mini-z Noda (Robin)- 2001

The Robin, as it is commonly known, is a kit bicycle that was targeted to Japanese citizens fond of things mechanical. 

TVE (Teilhol Véhicules Electrique) Citadine- 1974

TVE (Teilhol Véhicules Electrique) Citadine- 1974

TVE released its first production model in 1972 with the three-wheeled Citadine electric car. The Citadine’s exterior design was inspired by earlier “bubble cars’ like BMW’s Isetta, although it’s front-opening door was hinged at the top.

TVE (Teilhol Véhicules Electrique) Messagette Plage- 1975

TVE (Teilhol Véhicules Electrique) Messagette Plage- 1975

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TVE (Teilhol Véhicules Electrique) Messagette Utility Version- 1977

TVE (Teilhol Véhicules Electrique) Messagette Utility Version- 1977

One year after the Citadine was released, Teilhol introduced a utility version of the Citadine called the Messagette. Following the form of its predecessor, the Messagette is a three -wheeled urban vehicle, with an electric motor that, according to the manufacturer, could travel 70-100 km (43-62 miles) on a full charge.

TVR S2- 1990

TVR S2- 1990

The S Series, introduced at the British International Motor Show in 1986, was TVR’s entry-level sports car. Riding the coattails of the mid-‘80s classic car boom, it abandoned the Lilley-era wedge profile for a shape that evoked the 3000S coupe of the 1960s

TVR S3 Vixen- 1970

TVR S3 Vixen- 1970

TVR’s tumultuous history began in 1947, and continues to this day, albeit after many management, ownership, and location changes. Founder TreVoR Wilkinson started TVR in Beverley Grove, Blackpool, building sports cars based on Alvis chassis. 

unknown French microcar-1950's?

unknown French microcar-1950's?

Without a doubt – a homebuilt one-off, but nothing is known of the builder. Although it is a cute car that even incorporates McLaren F1 central steering, performance must be modest, with no suspension and its diminutive size. If anyone recognizes this vehicle, please let us know!
 
Urba Centurion- 1982

Urba Centurion- 1982

The Urba Centurion was a kit car designed by Quincy-Lynn Enterprises in 1982. A full set of plans, available through Mechanix Illustrated, cost a mere $17.00! 

  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Kit car built on Triumph Spitfire chassis
UrbaCar

UrbaCar "Wedgie"- 1977

If you saw an Urba-anything in Mechanix Illustrated magazine in the 1970s-80s, it was a surely a design by Robert Q. Riley and David L. Carey of Quincy, AZ, doing business as Quincy-Lynn Enterprises. The UrbaCar seen here was their first design for the magazine.

UrbaCar- 1977

UrbaCar- 1977

If you saw an Urba-anything in Mechanix Illustrated magazine in the 1970s-80s, it was a surely a design by Robert Q. Riley and David L. Carey of Quincy, AZ, doing business as Quincy-Lynn Enterprises. The UrbaCar seen here was their first design for the magazine.

Urban Ryder-2007

Urban Ryder-2007

 The Urban Ryder seen here follows the A-Bike design very closely even using the same reflector and weight limit stickers. 

Valmobile Fold Away Scooter- 1950

Valmobile Fold Away Scooter- 1950

While not a household name, Victor Bouffort (1912-1995) was a prolific French inventor of the mid-20th century. Inspired by the collapsible Welbike motorcycle used by British paratroops during the war, Bouffort developed a prototype for a folding, stow-away scooter in the early 1950s.

Valmobile Fold Away Scooter-1961

Valmobile Fold Away Scooter-1961

Production of the Valmobile “suitcase scooter” by the Hirano Motorcycle Company of Japan began in 1956, after the previous manufacturer Martin-Moulet struggled to find success for the Valmobile in its native France.

VAZ Oka-1991

VAZ Oka-1991

VAZ is a Russian auto maker that began producing cars, in collaboration with Fiat, in the late 1960s. The Model 1111, commonly branded for export as a Lada Oka, was developed out of a need to replace the simple and cheap ZAZ Zaporozhets, the Russian “People’s Car”. It was to be the car that “every factory worker can afford”.

Velo Manufrance Ladies’ Retro-Direct ‘Hirondelle Luxe’- 1920

Velo Manufrance Ladies’ Retro-Direct ‘Hirondelle Luxe’- 1920

The ladies’ Hirondelle model features slightly more modern features than its predecessor such as both front and rear brakes. It also offers a “basket weave” protection to keep ladies’ garments away from the rear spokes.

Velo Manufrance Rétro-Directe “Hirondelle Luxe” Modele 11-1907

Velo Manufrance Rétro-Directe “Hirondelle Luxe” Modele 11-1907

Although Barberon & Meunier first patented the retro-direct system in 1869, the gear system was further developed and refined by other companies, including Manufacture at the turn of the century.

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