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1961 Frisky Family Three

A brave attempt at building microcars came from Henry Meadows, the engine and gearbox manufacturers in Wolverhampton. The prototype featured a Michelotti saloon with gullwing doors, but this failed to reach production, emerging as the Capt. Raymond Flower designed Frisky saloon and coups in 1957. This was a generally good design which featured a narrow-track pair of wheels at the back and normally spaced front wheels, enclosed by a fibreglass body. An open version, the Frisky Sport, also appeared and all were powered by a 325cc Villiers twin. The bodies were built, by the way, in the nearby Guy lorry factory. The design featured a cheap form of MacPherson strut suspension but this did not work out as well as it might have and contributed to a somewhat notchy ride.

 

The Family Three appeared in 1959, being a three-wheeler version but none were big sellers.

 

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Taken on August 8, 2010