CAR OF 1956 TOURETTE
The wonderfully-titled Tourette – now there’s a name to swear by – was one of those bizarre, yet fascinating little microcars that probably seemed like a great idea at the time. Launched by the Carr Brothers of Purley at the 1956 London Earls Court Motor Show, this rotund three-wheeler could be ordered in aluminium or glassfibre. Its two-stroke 197cc Villiers engine gave motorcycle levels of economy while still being able to carry two adults, a (probably terrified) child, and some luggage, at up to 55mph. Thus it was in the right place at the right time when the Suez Crisis began just as it was unveiled. Despite this, only 26 were built, probably due to the £386 10s 5d price tag being only marginally cheaper than a Ford Popular 103E. Just three survive, including this one, which sold last year at a Historics auction for £31,360. Still, that’s a little more than you might get for a situp-and-beg Ford Pop, now (see this issue’s Buying Guide, P40).