Inspiration - Cyclecars.

Companies like GN and Bedelia were both pioneers in cyclecar design.

cyclecar was a type of small, lightweight and inexpensive car manufactured mainly between 1910 and the late 1920s. Cyclecars were characterized by their use of basic materials and sometimes fragile engineering and were largely contrived to fill a gap in the market between the motorcycle and the car.

Cyclecars were propelled by single-cylinder, V-twin or multi-cylinder engines, often air-cooled. Sometimes these had been originally used in motorcycles and other components from this source such as gearboxes were also employed. Cyclecars were halfway between motorcycles and cars and were fitted with lightweight bodies, sometimes in a tandem two-seater configuration and could be primitive with minimal comfort and weather protection.

They used various layouts and means of transmitting the engine power to the wheels, such as belt drive or chain drive often to one rear wheel only to avoid having to provide a differential. French manufacturers such as Amilcar, Salmson and Peugeot became more advanced over the years.

A typical French Cyclecar. 

The rise of cyclecars was a direct result of reduced taxation both for registration and annual licences of lightweight small-engined cars. In France, for example, a car was classed for reduced rates if it weighed less than 350 kg (772 lb).
On 14 December 1912, at a meeting of the Federation Internationale des Clubs Moto Cycliste, it was formally decided that there should be an international classification of cyclecars to be accepted by the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Austria and Germany.

The subsequent boom in cyclecars, meant that the amateur mechanic and home builder could build his own dream machine from scratch.

A home built propeller driven Cyclecar. 

Cyclecars today...

Many examples of Cyclecars survive today and provide their owners with the same thrill they did when they were new. The often primitive and comical nature of their design, combined with the 'seat of the pants' driving experience make them very endearing to collectors and enthusiasts.

A Bedelia at the exclusive Festival of Slowth. 

Many events now cater for these fun vehicles; most notably 'the Festival of Slowth'. 

Not as prestige as a Bugatti or Bentley, but a cyclecar is more likely to attract far greater attention at any vintage gathering.

Gunn & Co have been involved with Cyclecars since 1994, when we discovered this hugely enjoyable part of vintage transport. We have been helping to restore and build such machines ever since.

Cyclecar chassis re-build by Gunn & Co.