CAR OF 1956 TOURETTE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

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).

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