Jawa Velorex; The 3 wheeler, leather car from Czechoslovakia
Or a weirder version of the Morgan 3-wheeler.
Just like many of you, I spend most of my free time on classifieds, looking at cars I can't afford, or trying to discover cars I don't know. Once in a while, I will end up discovering something truly weird, such as this; the Jawa Velorex.
The Jawa Velorex (originally called the Oskar) was a car - or rather a motor vehicle, produced in Czechoslovakia between 1951 and 1971 and was intended for disabled people and required a special authorization to own one.
The Velorex was a 3 wheel car, but unlike the infamous tipping-happy Reliant Robin, it had two wheels in the front and one at the back. The chassis was a tubular frame on which a 'body' made of leatherette was attached.
When your all chassis is a crumple zone (Source - Pravda.sk)
It had a choice of three two-stroke engines, all lifted from motorcycles: a 175cc 1 cylinder CZ engine, a 250cc Jawa 1 cylinder engine and a meaty 350cc two cylinders engine, pushing out a whopping 16 socialist horsepower.
Source - Motorkary.cz
Depending of the version, the dry weight oscillated between 205 and 310 kilograms which isn't too bad. The cars were rear-wheel drive, so you could expect doing donuts at your local grocery store parking lot on a Friday night.
We could laugh at it all day but despite not being willing to ever own one, I am at least appreciative about the thing existing. The thought of that thing being thought through and being created make me smile. In 50 years from now, I am almost sure that we won't be looking at things from 2020 and think how mad people must have been to create them. The reason why it was offered only to disabled people is beyond me, but there it is.
What are you thoughts about it?