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  • 1962 Trojan 200
    and the introduction of the MINI in 1959 would see major changes in the public s attitude towards their cars Dundalk saw the writing on the wall and decided to sell Peter Agg Lambretta distributor for Britain since 1950 had purchased the long lived commercial vehicle firm of Trojan of Croydon in Surrey in 1959 He negotiated the deal for the manufacturing of the Heinkel I by Trojan while getting the supply of motors from Heinkel themselves Essentially similar to the German Heinkel and Irish Heinkel I the Trojan was built with some British sourced components such as Armstrong shocks Wilmot Breeden latches and Wipac or Miller lamps Vent Windows were Plexiglas A right hand drive version was built but the door was still hinged on the left Three AND Four wheel versions were made The car did actually sell quite well despite its late arrival and plans were even made to expand the range with a commercial light delivery van of which six or so were built As they had in Ireland sales continued to decline for market reasons but a few cars a week continued to come off the line until early 1965 Manufacturer Trojan Cars Ltd Croydon

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  • 1953 Velo-Velocar
    a bench seat as opposed to a saddle It was sociable and one could rest while the other took turns pedaling A remarkable discovery was that one could push on the pedals with considerably more force than a regular bicycle as one could push against the backrest versus simply relying on body weight to push down with gravity Charles Mochet then decided to bridge the gap between Velocar and bicycle by splitting the Velocar in half discarding the bodywork and leaving the driver sitting comfortably in a horizontal position The design which worked amazingly well was intensively developed in the 30 s resulting in a large number of speed records being broken The two wheeled Velo Velocar Velo bicycle nowdays called a Recumbent Bicycle or Bent was unbeatable So much so that the Union Cycliste International changed the rules in 1934 barring unconventional bicycles from competing in all events An embittered Mochet blamed the manufacturers of conventional bicycles and professional cycle racing organizations for conspiring against him Charles died in 1934 leaving his son Georges to carry the flag which Georges did very well and continues to do to this day Recumbents are today enjoying a huge worldwide renaissance Manufacturer

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  • 1935 Velocar Camionette (motorisee)
    people riding side by side the Velocar One rider could relax a bit while the other carried on pedaling or on the other hand could jump out the passenger only door and push on hills A great many were sold in particular to blind World War One veterans who could make a useful contribution to the family by pedaling while the wife steered At that time ordinary working people did not have powered vehicles at all and the Velocar was a big step towards the as yet unaffordable motor car Several decades later they can still be seen for rent on the beach in Marseilles The design of the Velocar evolved from the sharp pointed boat like shapes of the mid twenties through a flatter but still angular nose to a nose curving in a smooth shape from front axle to cowl Tails were teardrop shaped with angular boxes growing out vertically on the Camionette or Familial versions of which this car is an example It also sports the enclosed floor making it a Modele Confort While this car started life as a pedals only car it has been fitted with a noisy primitive after market motor perhaps by VEL

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  • 1938 Velocar Type H
    is remembered even today as such It was the most sophisticated mode of transport available to a fuel starved population and owners were considered fortunate indeed This restored example is seen in its correct original painted plywood finish It has the vertical cut off tail of the late models ready to be fitted with a fuel tank and motor if so desired Manufacturer Charles Mochet inventor constructeur Puteaux Seine France

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  • 1945 Velocar Type H a Moteur
    the flat vertical cut off rear ready to accept a fuel tank It was a small matter to delete one set of pedals and to fit a windscreen as standard to create the a Moteur version There was no separate starter one simply pedaled off and engaged the motor A separate handbrake was introduced and a full top and sidescreen set as fitted to this car was an optional extra

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  • 1959 Velorex Oskar
    sizes were used The 125 cc and 250 cc versions whose engines were both single cylinder had the motorcycle kick starter converted for hand operation The third type the 250 cc twin cylinders had in addition an electrical starter and 12 volt electrics Several components came courtesy of Skoda Built on a frame of welded steel tubing the Velorex s bodywork consists of vinyl stretched over the cage Fenders are metal The car has four forward gears but since the engine is able to run backwards no conventional reverse gear is necessary and in fact four reverse speeds are available too In 1959 a four wheeled car was produced by the same team It was not an adaptation of the Velorex but a completely different design Styling was more modern a 350 cc engine was fitted and many Skoda parts were used To reduce the productions costs they built their Oskar as a multi tube structure covered in vinyl like material called Igelit attached with turnbutton fasteners Invalids received subsidies to buy these most primitive but well liked vehicles which enjoyed a very long production run Manufacturer Velorex Hradec Kralove Czechoslovakia Model Oskar 54 Motor JAWA 2 stroke Body Tube

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  • 1963 Vespa Ape
    styles The Model C 1956 1963 introduced the cabin or half cabin in no less than eight different body styles This is a full cabin full box tipper with the double headlamps only seen on German export models Manufacturer Piaggio SpA Pontedera Italy Model Ape Model C Motor Piaggio 2 stroke Body Steel Years Built 1956 1963 No Cylinders 1 Chassis Steel No Produced n a Displacement 145 5 cc

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  • 1957 Vespa 400
    a two stroke engine of 400 cc and 14 Horsepower And as the history of the automobile is sometimes a matter of sheer survival it is hardly surprising that Vespa were concerned about the Fiat 500 a new competitor on the small car market No doubt that M Agnelli head of Fiat also didn t approve of another large Italian company muscling in on his territory It was therefore deemed prudent to move production to the French scooter plant at Fourchambault south of Paris The premiere of the Vespa 400 took place at the Paris Salon in 1957 Built over 12 000 times the Vespa was in fact very successful during its first year of production and even exported vehicles to Germany though like the little Autobianchis they only played a minor role among small cars It simply did not stand a chance against its German competitors in this category Other car manufacturers were offering more successful and stronger minis and for this reason Vespa never actually manufactured it Production of the Vespa 400 was discontinued in 1961 although its scooters and three wheelers continue to be built until the present day Manufacturer Ateliers de Constructions de Motors et Accessoires

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