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Tankettes Ltd

Manufactured by Tankettes Ltd in Finsbury Park, London, UK in 1920 the Tankette Runabout weighed just 270lb and was capable of 100 mpg.. It was a diminutive 3-wheeler and had a price tag of 92 10s that also included a year’s insurance policy..  Despite its size it came equipped with a hood, screen, small electric lights and a long cushion seat with a padded back that would accommodate two people.  Fitted with a 2.75 bhp, two-stroke, air-cooled, Union engine it was capable of 30 mph (48 Km/h).  The engine sat vertically at the fore part of the chassis in between the front two wheels and provided drive to the rear wheel by a chain through a 2 speed gearbox that sat below the passenger's seat.   Although the vehicle was classed as a 3-wheeler, the single wheel at the back was actually two wheels that had been bolted together.  Production of the Tankette is believed to have ceased in the same year

Tankette Runabout

The 1920 Tankette Runabout

Tankette Runabout

A naked view showing the twin rear wheels.

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