A Speedy Three-Wheel Auto (Feb, 1932)

A Speedy Three-Wheel Auto
A TINY home-made automobile recently was built by R. H. Griffin of San Diego. The car is powered by a four-cylinder motor which drives it through the rear wheel. Driver enters through front.

  1. Jeffery Wright says: October 23, 20079:14 am

    he looks like one of those big head caricature drawings….

  2. bill c says: June 11, 20092:40 am

    yea but have you ever built a car

  3. […] Among the cars of Captain James Martin, the American Austins and Bantams, and the Crosleys featured in this book, one in particular caught my eye: R. H. Griffin’s three-wheeler. Cunningham has shown us several times before that he’s an incredible researcher, able to tease as much information as possible out of the briefest of mentions. Griffin was a boat builder in San Diego in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and actually built two tiny reverse trikes. Cunningham states that Griffin never planned to enter production with the cars, so we can only surmise that the first appears to have been built with no other purpose than to advertise Griffin’s boat shop, located at 3520 Main Street in San Diego, across from what is today called Naval Station San Diego. For that car, he used a frame constructed of oak, a four-cylinder air-cooled motorcycle engine (perhaps Indian?), chain drive, a rubber aircraft cord suspension, and a two-passenger body with a single door on the front, like the later Isetta. It earned him a photo and a brief mention in the February 1932 issue of Modern Mechanix. […]

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