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Old 06-05-2008, 11:33 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by bk brkr baker
How are the wheels set up? From the pic it looks like a four wheeler ie car.
I could not count the VW wheels but it was said to have 3, however it does appear like four so i deleted it. The Aptera definately has 2 in front and one behind. 3 is probably a minimum for non-bikers. I was at the bicycle and speed record runs in Nevada, and what they rode was impractical as they were taped shut and had to have a crew to launch them.

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Old 06-06-2008, 07:20 AM   #17
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Earlier . . . in Great Britain . . .


Prototype Bond minicar 1948 . . . a crude vehicle, with non existent rear suspension save for the cushioning effect of the 8" low pressure tyres . . . powered by a 122cc Villiers Mk 10D motorcycle engine, mounted on a centrally positioned single front steering fork attached via the steering head to the front bulkhead.


The remodeled production version of the Minicar still adhered to the lightweight aluminium monocoque construction concept. There were no doors, in order to retain the shell's rigidity, but simply a slight curved cut-out to the cockpit side. This made entry and exit something of a feat when the hood was raised!


Improved for 1953 with rear seat room (as long as the passengers had no legs), and wider front wings allowing a completely new steering mechanism. This allowed the complete front wheel drive unit to turn 180 lock to lock and gave the Mk C the ability to be literally turned around within it's own diagonal length. It used the 197cc Villiers unit introduced in 1951, and had a confirmed fuel consumtion of 85-90 mpg.

It now had rear suspension using bonded rubber "Flexitor" units, as well as greatly improved weather proofing.
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