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Made To Drive | S10 E14

1957 Brütsch Mopetta: Smiles Per Gallon

Owning the car that makes you smile more than any other? That’s how you Drive Tastefully.
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Paul Duesler
Paul Duesler
4 years ago

Wonderful insight into the lovely diversity of automotive engineering and creativity.

Paul Ipolito
Paul Ipolito
4 years ago

A man living life to the fullest. No wonder some people are jealous.

Lars Jönlid
Lars Jönlid(@lars-jonlid)
4 years ago

Love it !

Frank Oliveri
Frank Oliveri(@frankjoliveri)
4 years ago

Very cool! Ahead of its time!

_DB
_DB
4 years ago

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 to drive thing to school (if that is something still allowed to do to kids, in the helicopter parents era).

As for the rest of his garag – Marx was f……g right!

Trionfi la rivoluzione proletaria!

Keith Burbidge
Keith Burbidge(@kedobu)
4 years ago

Fantastic – indeed made me smile. What a passion for a unique little car where killerwasps don’t matter!
Guitar Slinger – get a life.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA(@robert-in-la)
4 years ago

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 ready to ship.

JB21
JB21(@jb21)
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert in LA

Wow, thanks for the info!

Robert in LA
Robert in LA(@robert-in-la)
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert in LA

, 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 a lot of compound curves and few stress risers. So the shape will survive impact well. The shape is pleasing and, semiotically, carries the message: “I am cute! Don’t hit me!” Whereas the other micro-cars tried to have a measure of dignity that no micro-car will ever truly embrace. To my mind, that why most of them, with the exception of the Isetta, also featured on this series, are so forgettable.

So the ‘skin’ of this car is robust and carries a pleasing message, and the ‘internals’ are easily serviced. And these are two of the hallmarks of an enduring design. Where the car failed commercially may have been in the increasing litigiousness of the product liability world, in promotion, and in the fact that 50cc is not a lot of power even for a Mopetta. In this case having a pleasing, durable and easily serviced design does not seem to have been sufficient.

rudy pock
rudy pock
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert in LA

Join the discussion where can I buy one?

Robert in LA
Robert in LA(@robert-in-la)
4 years ago

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.

carl helmetag
carl helmetag
4 years ago

Oh, I just love this! Fabulous!

bernardo66
bernardo66(@bernardo66)
4 years ago

Now this totally tickled me!

AndrewAllred
AndrewAllred(@andrewallred)
4 years ago

I went into this film ho-hum but left with a smile.

Sameer Rana
Sameer Rana
4 years ago

Instantly put a smile on my face.

JB21
JB21(@jb21)
4 years ago

Totally made my day. Some things…not matter how good or bad they are, are just delightful!

Dennis White
Dennis White
4 years ago

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!

Kurt Uzbay
Kurt Uzbay(@kurt)
4 years ago

Adorable-
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 !!! 😉
Kurt

RedGrey
RedGrey(@redgrey)
4 years ago
Reply to  Kurt Uzbay

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 🙂

GuitarSlinger
GuitarSlinger
4 years ago

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 )

testa daria
testa daria(@testa-daria)
4 years ago
Reply to  GuitarSlinger

Just can’t help yourself, can you Slinger? Do you have any friends?

Joe
Joe
4 years ago
Reply to  GuitarSlinger

loser. move on!

B Bop
B Bop(@b-bop)
4 years ago
Reply to  GuitarSlinger

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 where you came. What a pathetic coward you are hiding behind the ridiculous alias of guitar slinger

Mark
Mark
4 years ago
Reply to  GuitarSlinger

What a ‘fabulous’ air of superiority you have. You seem to live for the putdown. Which exclusive dictionary and grammar books are you using?

zeb
zeb(@zeb)
4 years ago
Reply to  GuitarSlinger

sad man….you ever get the impression this is not the site for you……?

RedGrey
RedGrey(@redgrey)
4 years ago
Reply to  GuitarSlinger

You must be vying for the negative century…