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Barry

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Whomobile
« on: May 06, 2014, 10:34:23 AM »
At 875cc, derived from a Bond) its not a real microcar but deserves a mention.  (It's also quite big)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acAS8ZrISoo&feature=youtu.be

The pet project of Third Doctor Jon Pertwee, the Whomobile was much more than an outsized prop for a TV time-traveller. Pertwee built the car with his own money, working with British customiser Peter Farries. Although its eight-inch rubber skirt made it look like a hovercraft, the ground-hugging Whomobile was in fact a three-wheeler, similar to the diminutive Bond 875 (1965-70), with a modified 875cc four-cylinder engine from a Hillman Imp providing the motivation (sorry, those jet nozzles were just for looks). And the car was street-legal, albeit barely; the bubble top worn in its Doctor Who appearances (Pertwee coaxed his producers to write the Whomobile into the series’ 10th season) had to be replaced with a more traditional windscreen – from a motorboat, in fact – to make the car drivable on public roads. Pertwee claimed to have taken his winged wonder to “well over” 100mph. He made a memorable appearance with the car in October 1973 on the BBC children's television show Blue Peter. Watch the segment here.

Bob Purton

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Re: Whomobile
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2014, 12:49:53 PM »
I wouldn't want to be riding my moped anywhere near this thing, those wings could slice a rider in half! Street legal? Hmmm. well over 100mph? Hmmm.   science fiction? 

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Re: Whomobile
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2014, 01:50:42 PM »
The Bond 875 was fitted with a water-cooled low compression 875cc engine  from the Commer Van/Hillman Imp which gave the vehicle a top speed of 80 - 90 mph. Years ago someone from Eastbourne upped the compression by fitting Imp pistons and with a mild tune of the engine made the Bond into something rather lethal, just right for the drag strip.
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