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Wonderful insight into the lovely diversity of automotive engineering and creativity.
A man living life to the fullest. No wonder some people are jealous.
Love it !
Very cool! Ahead of its time!
What can I say… started with *What the …. is a Brütsch Mopetta” ? Then I looked, and smiled. I suppose that, the other car in the stable notwithstanding, the Mopetta is the one to take out on a sunny day, to go to city centre and feel at the centre of the attention. Without invoking in the bystanders too many thoughts of the “Marx was right” nature. Gotta have a replioca ready for the daughter, because once she is 14 (what is the legal age to drive a 50 cc moped in UK ? ) she will probably want… Read more »
Fantastic – indeed made me smile. What a passion for a unique little car where killerwasps don’t matter!
Guitar Slinger – get a life.
A few paragraphs on the history of the car are here: http://www.microcarmuseum.com/tour/mopetta.html Apparently only 14 were built. If you Google Brutsch Mopetta, and look at ‘images’ you will see a lot of them with different paint schemes. So a high percentage of that 14 seems to have survived. Part of this may be due to the availability of parts for the ILO 50cc engine. You can still buy everything from new, fresh in the box, replica carburators, to refurbished crank and piston rod assemblies. Everything needed for a main-bearings and up rebuild of the engine is stocked, somewhere, and is… Read more »
Wow, thanks for the info!
@JB21, I am still active as an engineering designer, working about a 60% calendar these days. And I am very interested in which designs endure, especially in the world of those that are scalable in terms of sales volume. In this case, building off a motor, the ILO-50, that is very common in the developing world lets the people who still operate these cars do so almost forever. Ordering parts for that motor on the internet is not a lot more complicated than buying a quart of milk at the corner store. The body shell is a considered design, with… Read more »
Join the discussion where can I buy one?
The diversity of this series is what I love most about it. Everything from Pebble Beach to, well, a Mopetta. And this really seems to be a micro-car among micro-cars. Just lovely.
Oh, I just love this! Fabulous!
Now this totally tickled me!
I went into this film ho-hum but left with a smile.
Instantly put a smile on my face.
Totally made my day. Some things…not matter how good or bad they are, are just delightful!
Well, I laughed my ass off! The opening is hilarious. Major cojones to drive to drive it in the street. Thanks for an entertaining morning!
BUT- whats under the ocean of blue covers..?! I can make out a F 550, and the one that was slightly showing looked like an Elan.. and a Jag XK120 ? TAKE THEM OFF !!! 😉
I think the first car that he walked by was a Ferrari Italia, followed by an F550. I also could make out the Jaguar S type and the partially uncovered white Lotus Esprit. The Mopetta was so cute in its custom charcoal cover amongst the blue covered exotics 🙂
The correct phrase is Smiles Per Miles not smiles per gallon my little revisionist ones . And errr … this heap don’t qualify … now or when it was new ( read the reviews from back in the day )
Just can’t help yourself, can you Slinger? Do you have any friends?
loser. move on!
Observing your mental breakdown is somewhat sad, and amusing. As the sites court jester, the Petro top brass have been more than fair with you over the years allowing you to redeem your ugly behavior , however your constant berating of those who find joy and happiness on this site shows that you are in desperate need of either psychiatric help, or maybe like a horse with a broken leg, a kind soul who knows who you are will put you out of your misery. Alternatively, you can just crawl back into that damp dark corner of the internet from… Read more »
What a ‘fabulous’ air of superiority you have. You seem to live for the putdown. Which exclusive dictionary and grammar books are you using?
sad man….you ever get the impression this is not the site for you……?
You must be vying for the negative century…