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Re: Which microcar is the most like an aeroplane??
« Reply #30 on: August 28, 2013, 11:11:29 PM »
Wonderfull!! Sounds like a two stroke single.

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Re: Which microcar is the most like an aeroplane??
« Reply #31 on: August 29, 2013, 01:31:07 PM »
only info i have - from flikr.com  as always . frustratingly short video perhaps it fell over , it looked very unstable to me
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Re: Which microcar is the most like an aeroplane??
« Reply #32 on: August 29, 2013, 05:42:31 PM »
There was a bit more information and pictures in French on the Fondation du Patrimoine website:-

"Fernand Maratuech is a manufacturer-inventor as the first part of the twentieth century there were many. Born in the Lot-et-Garonne in 1894, he developed a passion all his life to the art. Responsible for the power station of Villeneuve-sur-Lot for forty years, he spent his leisure to invent and build.
He thus gave birth, among other things, a sewing machine and a steam sawing machine, but also a boat powered by a torch and a motorcycle gas. However the most interesting device is undoubtedly the car he designed in 1922.
Dreaming of building a plane but do not have the financial means, he created a "plane without wings", which thus became an extraordinary automobile in the most literal sense. His basic idea was to combine the qualities of the one and the other, and the sublime.
The general line of the vehicle is that of a body, its cockpit is similar to that of a cabin Breguet or Spad. The architecture is that of rolling a tricycle with wide lifting pole, so as to stabilize the apparatus in its maximum displacement. Its capacity should be between 250 and 350 cm3, the estimated speed of 80 km / h.
While another manufacturer-inventor Gustave Courau, was designed in 1921 Leylat, car with a propeller on the front of the grille, Fernand Maratuech retained a more conventional propulsion, equipping the vehicle with a mechanical motorcycle BSA. If Leylat was used only a few months, Fernand Maratuech effected for his part more than five thousand kilometers from Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Cahors and Fumel during the 1920s and 1930s, when he was between forty and fifty years he had married Paulette.
Its designer-inventor died, the car was stored for fifty years. In 1979, Paulette Maratuech offered it to the OSV where it is still exposed. The car is still registered 3046 T 3, even if it is invalid (as obsolete by the renumbering of 1950). It has its logbook kept in the archives of the Automobile Club of Southwest. "

http://www.fondation-patrimoine.org/fr/aquitaine-2/tous-les-projets-166/detail-maratuech-13772
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Re: Which microcar is the most like an aeroplane??
« Reply #33 on: August 29, 2013, 06:33:31 PM »
i don't think BSA had a pre-war 2 stroke they were ohv or side valve . unless it had an engine change could this be the noise of a 250 side valve ?
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Re: Which microcar is the most like an aeroplane??
« Reply #34 on: August 29, 2013, 08:53:32 PM »
Yep, you're right Richard, it is a side valve.

http://www.lemagauto.fr/Maratuech-1922_a11582.html
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Re: Which microcar is the most like an aeroplane??
« Reply #35 on: August 30, 2013, 11:12:03 AM »
To recreate this lovely machine, perhaps a common old Morgan could be chopped-up and used as a base?  :D

The front steering gear is similar!