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An Early Oddity

This three-wheeled oddity shown in a press photo, dated March 19, 1921, shows what we believe maybe a European design of a small and maneuverable city car. We have seen photos of this brand before but cannot place it, so once more we are going to ask you, our readers to fill in the details on this unusual little car. The Old Motor photo.

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13 Responses to An Early Oddity

  1. Seeing the female driver with the child reminds of some kind of suffragette minivan.

  2. Laurent Friry says:

    Looks to me to be a German car.: the registration plate and the building on the background are very German.
    I’m wondering what is the use of the drums on the front wheel?
    Best regards,
    Laurent

    • Laurent, We were thinking the same thing after studying the signs on the building in the background.

    • dta says:

      Two possibilities: An oversized hub; or an actual brake drum. Looking through the wheel, it appears there may be brake cables.

      So how does this thing steer? I guess the big A-arms that make a tent above the wheel turn as a unit?

  3. Stewart Crawford says:

    Could be a Hanomag, but I have never seen one this early.

  4. Posted for Casper Friedrich of Finland via Dave Mellor,

    Casper Friedrich from Finland id’ed it as a B.E.F., an electric car made in Germany.

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  8. Duryea was making 3 wheelers in 1903… maybe this is a newer model? Hope this helps

  9. Laurent Friry says:

    At least I was able to identified this three wheeled car: this is a Geha, a German electrical car built by Gebhardt & Harhorn in Berlin from 1910 to 1914.
    The 3PS (3 HP) model was powered by an electrical motor located in the front wheel axel. According to Halwart Schrader in his Deutsche Autos 1885-1920 (Motor Buch Verlag, 2002) the maximum speed was about 25km/h with about 80 km range.
    The designer of the car was Victor Harhorn.
    After WWI, the company was bought by Elitewerke AG, and the Geha car was sold under the name of “Das elektrische Pferd” : the electric horse !

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