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Larmar-1948

Larmar-1948

The Larmar holds the claim to be the world's narrowest car.  At 2 ft., 4 in. wide, it was designed to pass through a standard gate that was 2 ft., 6 in. wide.  That's pretty close, as it only leaves 1 in. clearance on either side.  Even the diminutive Peel P-50, recognized as the world's smallest car, is over 1 ft. wider than the Larmar.  Besides its narrow width the Larmar was well-engineered, with 4-wheel independent suspension, easy hand starting, and a very short 15 ft. turning circle.  The car's initial target market was for women to use as a shopping car.  Hand-control models were also available for handicap people.  Sales were very limited, which is no surprise, considering its unique styling.
 
Specifications:
 
Designer/builder:  Larmar Engineering Co., Ltd.
Country of Origin:  England
Drivetrain Configuration:  Rear engine, rear wheel drive
Engine:  BSA 1 cylinder, 4 stroke, air-cooled, 246cc, 7.5HP
Transmission:  3 speed manual
Top Speed:  35 MPH
Years of Production:  1946-1951
Number Produced:  Few
Original Cost:  _____
 

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