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1953 Manocar

There is not a lot known about the Manocar from Saint-Ouen near Paris, which was developed by the manufacturer Manom. The single front wheel and the rear wheels were fitted on swingaxles with typically French rubber band suspension. The body without doors was similar to the "Brutsch Mopetta" in overall design, but rather larger. It was advertised as bridging the gap between car and scooter.

This 2-seat vehicle had a 125 cc 2-stroke engine that drove power to the front wheel via a chain. Only two pre-production cars were made once the project was cancelled.

This is the only known example.

Manufacturer: Etablissements Manom, Pantin, France

Model: Manocar Motor: SABB 2-stroke Body: Steel
Years Built: 1953 No. Cylinders: 1 Chassis: Steel Tube
No. Produced: 2 Displacement: 125cc Susp. Front: Neimann
No. Surviving: 1 Horsepower: 4 Susp. Rear: Neimann
Length: 2.25 m Gearbox: 3 spd Steering: Chain gear
Width: 1.38 m Starter: kick Brakes: Cable
Weight: 183 kg Electrics: 6 v 3 Wheels: 4.00 x 8"
Interior: Bench Ignition: coil Top Speed: 55 kph

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