I'll start out by getting this out of the way: at least 50% of people on here will either despise this thing, or at least not understand the fascination. Just stop reading... no need to comment saying its's shit You won't get it until you've seen, heard and driven one. For those who like a bit of eccentricity, read on
This is a Pembleton Super Sport:
It's a three wheel kit car based around selected bits of Citroen 2CV (in this case). This one is Father In Laws, and it used to look more like this before the gearbox popped and it sat in a cold and poorly sealed garage for three years:
(but in blue obviously - I'll try and find a picture of our one when it was nice).
At first I didn't get it either - it's slow and old. Looks like an old man's toy (and probably is!). But... it's also incredibly charming to drive. No real performance (although it keeps up with traffic), but it handles remarkably sweetly (I guess due to it's french roots, low weight and COG), and the NOISE Pretty much unsilenced 2CV flat twin exhausted along those pipes running along it's length. It really howls - my particular favourite part is double de-clutching and matching the revs. It's addictive.
The story is that when I moved the Rallye out of their garage the other night, I guilted F-I-L into helping me wheel it from the outside garage to the one attached to their house That way every time he goes out to get beer/logs/kick the boiler, he'll feel bad about it languishing, un-loved.
I've sort of made a deal with him: if he gets the mechanicals sorted (and he reckons it's 75% there - just needs a few bits plumbing back in, and a new battery), I'll clean it up and try to restore it to it's former glory. My goal is to get it road worthy and tidy for next spring (so don't be expecting daily updates on this one ).
Here's a few more pictures of it as it sits today:
Exposed engine with copper front cover needing some brasso
Filthy interior. It's got a handle you twist and pull for the gears - you can just see it behind the wheel sticking out of the dash in the middle - takes a lot of getting used to
The rear with wood luggage rack (which I'll sand and stain), and chrome exhaust tips which need serious love
Close up of the badge on the nose
Anyway, if you're interested then keep an eye on this. I've got the bonnet in my garage at the moment ready to wash and polish... I reckon it's a fairly approachable project since I can dismantle it bit by bit and tackle the job that way. Maybe one more update this week
Thanks for reading