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Gordon photo
« on: April 13, 2016, 08:37:48 AM »
Its very rare that a new photo of a Gordon turns up . Never seen before by me and appears to be outside the factory . Sent to me by Dave Leach who bought a Gordon last year and wore the T shirt at NMCR I believe
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Re: Gordon photo
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2016, 09:45:36 AM »
Couldn't they get the wing mirrors further forward? It was the fashion though. I always like to have my mirrors within arms length. A thing most Microcars have little choice in offering, of course! Show that bonnet off.......
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Re: Gordon photo
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2016, 02:04:50 PM »
Indeed, it appears that she is being forced to lean over the heat and fume dispenser to get a less obstructed peep hole view through the distant reflective disk.
If that indeed be the case, she seems somewhat inordinately exuberant about needing to depend on this momentarily non ecclipsed view to proceed in reverse.
Could it be that the ungainly trike handles better with two wheels leading the charge and single rear wheel steering?
It befudles the sensibilities of even the lesser observant that they would place the engine pod laterally displaced on the same side as the driver, as in a vehicle this light, and only one front wheel, the most common use condition of any vehicle to have but a single occupant as driver would create an unnecessary and significant imbalance/ instability in handling characteristics concerning right vs left hand cornering.

Not to mention the ridiculously unnecessary concomitant need that this engine offset mounting created by requiring the driver to enter on the passenger side, and then slide accros the full length of the seat to risk the task of piloting it!

Was there some other cost factor at play here?

I realize that the British three wheeled Isettas were similarly blessed, but at least the over riding (yet perhaps equally arguably unforgivable) economic considerations are obvious in that case- as the design engineering and production machinery for producing the Isetta under licence was originated from a LHD configuration, and the lesser tax penalties for a trike in the UK were able to offer a significant cost savings to the consumer.
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Re: Gordon photo
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2016, 09:34:17 AM »
Bond Minicars ,when they eventually got one , equally managed with just the one door on the passenger side .
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Re: Gordon photo
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2016, 11:26:33 AM »
Bond Minicars ,when they eventually got one , equally managed with just the one door on the passenger side .

And - obviously - Bond also placed the door on the passenger side.  That way, the driver could pick up and drop off a passenger, and when without a passenger could get in and out quite easily, indeed more easily, without the steering wheel in the way.

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Re: Gordon photo
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2016, 03:10:33 PM »
another two thoughts on the Bond door - a curtesy door for the ladies , or to aid manufacture in petroil tank/steering head bolt/cotter block installation ?

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Re: Gordon photo
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2016, 03:31:37 PM »
The Dart had no door. Australian manners, 'Shut up and get in, Sheila' Later a door was offered, but it dropped out and down, more like a ramp. .Handy for removing comatose passengers. Thoughts are split on the provision of a two door Schmitt. A no door Norsja is a bench.
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