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Velorex 16/350-1966

Velorex 16/350-1966

Originally designed as invalid cars by Czech brothers František and Mojmír Stránský in 1942, the first “Oskars” (“car on axle”) were simple tube-framed cyclecars with a seat next to an engine, inspired by the British Morgans. Around 10 were built. With refinements, and adopting motorcycle sidecar construction techniques, the brothers Stránský covered their new designs in a leather-like vinyl, Igelit, to save both weight and raw materials costs.

Velorex 435-1972

Velorex 435-1972

The Velorex was developed in Czechoslovakia in 1936 by two brothers who ran a bicycle shop.  After WWII, automobiles were very scarce and expensive, and the brothers realized the Velorex would be a cheap, affordable car for the masses.  They used a Jawa motorcycle engine, wheels, and brakes.

Vespa 400- 1958

Vespa 400- 1958

Vespa is known around the world for its scooters, but few people may know it produced one economy car. 

  • Country of Origin: France
  • Ateliers de Construction des Motocycles et Automobiles
Vespa P200E- 1979

Vespa P200E- 1979

There are certain scenes that spring to mind when thinking of Italy. The Colosseum in Rome, the gondolas on the canals of Venice, and narrow roads filled with Vespa scooters.

Vespa Piaggio Grande Super Deluxe- 1978

Vespa Piaggio Grande Super Deluxe- 1978

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Vespa PX150 Scooter- 2005

Vespa PX150 Scooter- 2005

Piaggio was founded in Italy in 1884 as a business that made luxury ship fittings.

Vitrex ADDAX-1978

Vitrex ADDAX-1978

French industrial planner Jacques Riboud, of Vitrex Industrie, promoted and designed microcars as a solution to increased urbanization in 1970’s Paris. He believed full-size cars to be too big and too expensive for the old city’s infrastructure. 

Voisin C28- 1936

Voisin C28- 1936

Gabriel Voisin was a major manufacturer of airplanes during World War I. The end of the war saw him with a large fortune and an equally large factory, but a very small market for airplanes. In 1919, he decided to become a car manufacturer and acquired a ready-made engine design–a 3969cc sleeve-valve four which had been considered and turned down by Citroën as unsuitable for mass production. Voisin remained faithful to the sleeve-valve principle for the rest of his career as a car maker. Voisin built lightweight cars using techniques learned in his years as an aircraft designer. The type C28 “ambassade” body design was inspired by the art-deco period and was the last model Voisin was personally responsible for.

  • Country of Origin: France
  • SA des Aeroplanes G. Voisin
Volkswagen Beetle- 1956

Volkswagen Beetle- 1956

The Volkswagen Beetle is a car we are all familiar with. More than 20 million were sold. While the name “Porsche” is associated with expensive cars, Ferdinand Porsche had a life-long interest in a small car that an average working person could afford. 

  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Volkswagenwerk GmbH
Volkswagen Beetle- 2002

Volkswagen Beetle- 2002

The Volkswagen Beetle is a car we are all familiar with.  More than 20 million were sold.  While the name “Porsche” is associated with expensive cars, Ferdinand Porsche had a life-long interest in a small car that an average working person could afford.

Volkswagen New Beetle- 2003

Volkswagen New Beetle- 2003

By 1993, Volkswagen’s North American sales had dropped to a mere 50,000 total units. Two VW designers, J Mays and Freeman Thomas, believed the key to future success was to resurrect the Beetle.

Volkswagen Rabbit

Volkswagen Rabbit "Rocket Car"- 1981

Underneath the futuristic Buck Rogers fiberglass bodywork beats the heart of a 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit diesel with a five-speed - no warp engines, sadly. The rear axle has obviously been narrowed, but otherwise, the drivetrain is intact, and reportedly gets over 50 MPG.

Volkswagen XL1- 2014

Volkswagen XL1- 2014

The Volkswagen XL1 was a two-seat, limited production, diesel-powered plug-in hybrid produced that VW introduced in 2014. Volkswagen was developing PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) technologies, and wanted to test them in real-world scenarios. While 250 examples were reportedly built, only 200 were made available for sale to the public.

 

Volvo 142

Volvo 142 "Big Orange"-1974

"Of all of the cars display, Big Orange would be my favorite. I drove it more than all the other cars except the 911, and had a tremendous amount of fun driving it."
Volvo 142 Race Car- 1972

Volvo 142 Race Car- 1972

Here is an unassuming-looking Volvo 142 that has been modified for racing, and is raced by Jeff Lane. SCCA created the “Improved Touring (IT) class” race cars in the late 1980s.

 

  • Country of Origin: Sweeden
  • AB Volvo
Volvo 142 S- 1971

Volvo 142 S- 1971

In 1966, the Volvo 142 was introduced. It was hailed as ‘the safest car in the world’ and was voted ‘Car of the Year’ in Scandinavia

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