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  • 1961 Fiat 500 K
    relied on air collected from grilles on the body sides for cooling the grilles were mounted as high as possible to reduce road dust being drawn into the engine compartment and also to keep engine noise down It retained it s suicide doors throughout production even when the later saloon cars were built with front hinged doors A commercial version was also built and marketed but under the Autobianchi brand

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  • 1962 Fiat 500 Jolly
    marketed worldwide as the Jolly meaning joker in Italian but also meaning something light fun funny and pretty in several languages The car was quite expensive 1760 00 compared to 998 00 for a standard 500 and was bought by the rich and famous Aristotle Onassis Yul Brynner as yacht tenders golf carts and estate runabouts As a result most surviving examples have covered low mileages only They were sold in the USA between 1958 and 1961 Considered a success the model had a healthy run from 1958 to 1966 The cars specification included cut down sides and windshield a striped and fringed surrey top and chromed body pipework They were available in pink coral white pale yellow and sky blue Mechanicals were standard Fiat An economical version was available from 1964 to 1966 featuring normal bumpers with no pipework and solid plastic seats embossed with a fake wicker pattern This particular car was bought by a wealthy Italian artist painter in Alassio near Liguria a world famous beach resort It was personalized by him with extra wicker a chrome rail and a custom storage compartment A well known Canadian Fiat enthusiast owned it for many years Its original Jolly

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  • 1960 Fiat 600 Multipla
    metal powered by a simple reliable four cylinder engine mounted at the rear for cost reasons The resulting Fiat 600 was one of the great success stories of the twentieth century with some 2 7 million cars produced The mixed use station wagon called 600 Multipla All Service was introduced a year later in 1956 The idea was to multiply the serviceability of the 600 for both family motoring and business use The multi place seating was very flexible through a combination of folding seats Three versions were available The 4 5 seater had bench seats front and rear that folded to make a bed The 6 seater had a front bench and four individual seats that folded completely flat into the floor to make a roomy load platform The Taxi version had a single seat and luggage platform in front separate folding seats in the middle and a bench seat in back together with a division Differences from the sedan included besides the bodywork an auxiliary radiator up front wishbone front suspension different gear ratios worm and roller steering slightly larger fuel tank and interior lamps The Multipla name is today revived for another unusual ground breaking vehicle Manufacturer

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  • unknown French Microcar
    Microcar This Microcar was found in France and restored but we still don t know what it is The center mounted steering wheel means it could be a one off or perhaps it was intended for use in an Amusement

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  • 1959 Frisky Family Three
    and conventional doors The first production model was known as the Frisky Sport The 324cc Villiers engine ran backwards for reverse à la Messerschmitt and the front suspension was Dubonnet type independent Sold both as a coupe and a convertible the Frisky Sport was able to touch 65 mph The name was appropriate for its lively performance and delightful styling In 1958 the company became Frisky Cars Ltd and a new Sports car called the Sprint was developed but never put into production due to high manufacturing costs 1959 saw the introduction of the Family Three which had lower production costs and tax savings for the customer due to the three wheel configuration The later MK 2 version of the car introduced in 1960 was stretched by 18 cm in order to fit a larger motor and to accommodate two very small seats behind the front bench seat This was an option which was advertised for the extended Mark2 but there was still no room for even a very small child to use them unless you cut their legs off very few were fitted The following model called the Prince was created but the graceful Michelotti lines were lost in

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  • 1955 Fuji Cabin
    and by 1952 was producing motorcycles and small two stroke engines called Gasuden The Fuji Cabin was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1955 intended as a fully enclosed motor scooter Its sleek aerodynamic monocoque body was constructed of polyester a bold use of this material at the time Very well engineered by Ryuichi Tomiya a director of Suminoe Manufacturing which also produced the Flying Feather microcar and bodies for Nissan the Fuji Cabin featured rubber suspension staggered seating a cooling duct down the centre of the car and beetle wing motor lids The tiny but well engineered Gasuden motor featured a reverse gear Competition was stiff in the Japanese motorcycle market at this time and the price was somewhat steep This combined with poor marketing and inexpert handling of the FRP material contributed to poor sales This particular car turned up in a derelict condition in Pennsylvania whereupon it changed hands several times before its acquisition and restoration for this collection Another example with two doors and detail differences of this extremely rare exotic can be seen in Tokyo Manufacturer Fuji Toshuda Motors Tokyo Japan Model Cabin Motor Gasuden 2 stroke Body Fiberglass Years Built 1955 1958 No

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  • 1953 Fuldamobil N-2
    employed freelance designer Norbert Stevenson to design his concept for a microcar The earliest prototypes with their flat angular shapes were not unlike miniature trailer caravans but were built on heavy tube frames featuring technically interesting center point steering A glider company made the heavy solid body work of wood These Type N models were covered in vinyl and utilized a Baker Polling chainsaw motor The search for a more suitable motor continued and the Fichtel Sachs 360cc stationary engine enabled the new Type N 2 to finally hit 80 kph The wooden body work was now covered with a distinctive hammered aluminum sheet prompting the nickname Silver Flea A smooth aluminum painted finish was also available The heavy well detailed body work similar to good furniture construction with thick sliding glass windows was very labour intensive The nickname soft ride and roomy cabin brought market success and designer Norbert Stevenson set about reducing the extensive hand fabrication costs This he achieved with the S series which utilized a large bulbous aluminum body shell This rare well known vehicle came from a museum in Germany Manufacturer Elektromaschinenbau Fulda Germany Model N 2 Motor Fichtel Sachs 2 stroke Body Wood and

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  • 1956 Fuldamobil S-4
    200 Messerschmitt motor The S 4 was built in response to the 1955 elimination of the tax advantage previously given to three wheelers The reversible Sachs motor drove a pair of rear wheels spaced 400mm apart via a custom enclosed chaincase thus enhancing stability The wiper motor was moved to above the windshield and the sunroof was now the normal Isetta type Pictures seem to indicate that the bullseye rear

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