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Please Identify This Car

dalmatiangirl61

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I came across a couple of pics this morning of a car I do not think I have ever seen. No idea if it was originally designed this way, or maybe someones creation, but it is quite cool looking. What is it?
 

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1936JDB

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The Reliant Robin was a 3 wheeled British car in the 70s. That maybe be an earlier cousin. Maybe a place to start looking.. :shrug:
 

Andrew Mackey

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They had one of these on American Pickers, when they were over in Europe. They were in England, and a gent showed them how unstable the car was! At low speeds, if a tight corner was taken, the car would roll onto its side :eek: The man would hop out, right the car, and continue driving :crazy: Is a neat looking thing though! :wave:
 

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In a British sitcom titled Mr. Bean, this is sometimes what he drove. 3 wheels for fewer license taxes. I think I remember that his was a Triumph.
 

PLCtech

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Thank you for posting this. I think it is someone's creation. Is that a gull wing door or merely a gull wing window? I have never seen anything like this before, even on the internets.
 

dalmatiangirl61

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I spent the day looking at 3 wheeled cars trying to identify this car and still do not have it nailed down. Even if it is a creation, you would think the base car would still be indentifiable. I don't think it is a Reliant, if it is, the builder was a good sheet metal worker. Here is the list I searched today http://www.3wheelers.com/azlist1.html

The pics were posted on a local FB page where old pics of the community are shared. Somehow, someway, that car was running the roads of McGill Nv in the (guessing) 60's or 70's?????, last time it was sold it was traded for a cement mixer, and has not been seen since.
 

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Calls for Drone survey maybe?
I grok the cement mixer deal. My father traded a German "Victoria" for an Argus C3 camera and $50 when my brother went off to Army. Was ~850 lb fiberglass car with 4sp 2 stroke engine. Could flip a U-ey doing 35MPH. Would love to have it now.
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dalmatiangirl61

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I decided to try another forum which is more dedicated to custom cars, but apparently this crazy looking car does not meet the HAMB standards, I got 1 reply saying it was not HAMB material and thread was deleted in under 3 minutes:shrug:. Anyone know where else to try posting these pics where the car guru's can pick out details to identify what it was built from?

Rambling thoughts: Built from 2 different cars, front end of 1 and rear of another? Maybe the front half was from a 4 wheeled car that was converted to a single front wheel?
 

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I'm thinking it may be a highly modified Bond. Hard to tell since we don't know what it looked like originally. The owner tried to mitigate the potential for disaster somewhat by increasing the rear track width, but still whoever got behind the wheel of that thing had a death wish.

Britain had (has?) some cockeyed laws regarding cars. Under their laws if it had four wheels it was a car and it was taxed heavily. But if it had less than four wheels it was regulated and taxed as a motorcycle, saving the owner on taxes but I'm sure more than making up for it in life insurance costs.
 

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Looked at it like a hybrid.... front top looks similar to an early 50s Renault Dauphine front end.
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dalmatiangirl61

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Looked at it like a hybrid.... front top looks similar to an early 50s Renault Dauphine front end.
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Close, but I don't think that is it, headlights on creation protrude further out front, and headlights on Renault appear set in further towards centerline of the car. The little hood scoops look vaguely familiar from something, just can't place it.
 

I like oldstuff

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No idea what it is but it has a Nevada plate. Dal, maybe you can saunter into a DMV office and see if they can look up this old plate. Also fwiw, appears to be early 80's Chev pickup hubcaps.
 

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dalmatiangirl61

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I asked the guy that originally posted the pic if he had anymore info on it, his response "My dad made it from a bunch of different cars, and parts. He had read an article in Mechanics Illustrated, if I remember correctly. The article was about how well a 3 wheel car would handle. I can tell you it was a blast to drive!!!!"

Not sure if local DMV has records that old, it was definitely registered here as the WP on license plate indicates White Pine county.

Rambling thoughts: Many of the 3 wheeled cars were anemicly powered with under 1000cc 2 stroke motors, looking at the widened stance of rear end I'm thinking what would have been easier than a VW? Thinking VW got me thinking of the old fastbacks and station wagons, both are very close in appearance to this car, but there are subtle differences.
 

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Don't think you will like it...... ~60s "Autobianchi bianchina" front end is the closest match I can find. I agree about possible VW rear engine. Have no clue about other body parts.
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dalmatiangirl61

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Spoke with one of the older than myself guys Friday night, he knew the owner/builder of this car. His recollection is that front half of car was Renault, the single front wheel was custom made from misc parts. He seems to think rear fenders were from a 60 something Corvette, and cannot remember if engine was VW or Corvair.

Edit: Just looked at 60's and 70's Corvettes and do not see anything that matches rear fenders, neither does Corvair.
 
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