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Velorex 430-1966

Velorex 430-1966

 

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.  The frame was tubular, and since sheet metal was expensive and scarce, they decided to cover the body with leather panels that snap off!  This also made servicing of the vehicle much easier.  Although it is a crude-looking car, it actually drives very well, and with a top speed of 55 mph, has sufficient power to make it roadworthy.
 
Specifications:
 
Manufacturer:  Vyrobni druzstvo Velorex
Country of Origin:  Czechoslovakia
Drivetrain Configuration:  Mid engine, rear wheel drive
Engine:  2 cylinder Jawa motorcycle motor, 16 hp, air-cooled, 2 stroke
Transmission:  4 speed manual
Top Speed:  55 mph
Years of Production:  1950-1973
Number Produced:  15,300
Original Cost:  Unknown
 

 

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