Friday, 27 March 2015

Back on the right lines, I think...

I have been somewhat sidelined recently by thoughts of cyclecars and whether one could make one. This led to my finding out about the Pembleton, a Citroen 2CV based three wheeler, which seemed to fit the bill.

I joined the forum and learned things from very friendly folks and then went to see one under construction on Tuesday.
The chap was a very capable builder of these things, having built 2 Trikings and this, his second Pembleton.
Looking at what you get for your basic £1000 I can't say I was too impressed by the chassis scantlings or design. The welding was poor, too.  But worst of all was that the donor cars are now fetching far too much to economically build one.  Then you need hundreds more for the wire wheels, stainless exhausts, etc., etc...Shame, but building and selling my existing Burlington Arrow to finance the three wheeler was not looking sensible.  So we'll stick with the Arrow.  More chance my wife and I will fit the Arrow, too!
This car is the one I used to drive when I ran the Burlington Motor Spares company in the mid 80s.
I once drove it from Southam, Warwickshire to Suffolk to meet a young lady at a friend's house.  It was only later that I realised it had never been registered, taxed or insured!  But with a gallon of EP90 gearbox oil in the engine(!!) it took me all that way. I was even given a cheery wave by policemen on the way.  Leather helmet and goggles and a white scarf.  This car had a bog standard Herald engine and was still quite quick, so my current one with a big bore Spitfire engine should be plenty fast enough for today's roads.


  1. Been a long cold winter old chum and it's good to see you out and about! Good ride the rails of steel and enjoy yourselves!
    BTW, Nice looking motor there really.

  2. Spring is trying manfully to Spring itself from Winter's grip, Rich, but today is back indoors as it's pissing with rain all day. But at least I got the PC12 sent off on Friday at last.
    The Arrow is a good looker if detailed well and given 15" wheels, which mine has.

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