eBay Find of the Day: Chevy Citation trike can’t decide which way to go

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Triation custom vehicle

The Triation – Click above for high-res image gallery

Some creations out there defy description, walking the thin line between absurdity and awesome toed by the likes of the Volkswagen Type II flatbed and the Tatra T87. This is one such machine. Branded “Triation” by its wayward creator, this ride seemingly mates all the hatefulness of the Chevrolet Celebrity with a propensity for rollovers typically enjoyed only by the Reliant Robin. You see, the Triation uses a Celebrity’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder to push itself down the road.

Why? You’d be better off spending your time pondering why there are no indigo skittles.

Along with three years of custom fabrication work, this project makes use of enough fiberglass to sustain the aftermarket body kit industry for posterity. The seller claims that the Triation has spent most of its life garaged since it needs a clutch. If the thought of fiberglass splinters and malaise-era reliability have you licking your chops, you’d better get on it. This machine is up to $4,700 with the reserve not met and a few hours left on the auction.

eBay Find of the Day: Chevy Citation trike can’t decide which way to go originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 14 May 2011 12:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Gibbs Technologies developing an amphibious trike?

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Gibbs Technologies Amphibious Trike patent drawing

If you like the Morgan Three Wheeler but have the need to traverse expanses of open water on your daily commute, Gibbs Technologies has just the thing for you. According to Visor Down, Gibbs has secured patents for a new amphibious trike. Gibbs Technologies has made a name for itself producing vehicles that equally at home on land and water, and it looks like this new creation works much like the other hardware in the company’s stable.

The trike’s engine sends power to its single rear wheel on land, but when things get aquatic, the power is diverted to a pair of water jets. Like Gibbs’s amphibious ATV, the three-wheeler’s front wheels fold up and away once the vehicle takes to the water, creating a WaveRunner-style contraption. Sounds like a cool idea to us.

[Source: Visor Down]

Gibbs Technologies developing an amphibious trike? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 27 Feb 2011 15:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Morgan trike production resumes… after 60 years!

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It may not be entirely rational, but we love ourselves the Morgan three-wheeler. After all, the old Morgan was the first vehicle Sir Stirling Moss ever drove on the street, easily making it the coolest thing on three wheels.

It seems we’re not the only ones traveling on the Crazy Train. A Harley-Davidson-powered replica called the Liberty Ace (shown above) has apparently been selling well enough that Morgan will restart production of the old trikes that were last produced back in 1952.

According to the Telegraph, even the old JA Prestwich air-cooled V-twin engine design will be resuscitated to sit between the two front wheels just as they did way back when. If Morgan is interested in any other options, may we suggest a call to Moto Guzzi might be in order?

[Source: Telegraph]

Report: Morgan trike production resumes… after 60 years! originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 05 Oct 2010 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Prong 3 trike stops in to Jay Leno’s Garage

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Prong 3

Prong 3 on Jay Leno’s Garage – Click above to watch video after the jump

Jay Leno seems to have taken a shining to three-wheeled machines of late. We’ve seen a slew of tripod racers come through the car-obsessed comedian’s garage recently, including the insane Blastolene Rocket II and the similarly certifiable CanAm Spyder. The latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage features a creation based on the wild CanAm called the Prong 3. Its inventor, Hong Quan, wanted to build a machine with the same performance as the Spyder, but with a car-like seating position. The build required fabrication of a complete steel-tube chassis that was designed by Eric Gauthier of Lotus engineering fame.

Quan says that his original inspiration for the Prong 3 came from Volkswagen, of all places. As you may recall, ze people’s automaker rolled out the GX3 concept back in 2006. Unwilling to wait for VW to produce an interesting three-wheeler, Quan took matters into his own hands. Driveline wise, the Prong 3 uses the same 103-horsepower engine as the CanAm, so you can expect performance to be somewhat diminished. On the other hand, you can stow a few bags of groceries in the passenger seat. Hit the jump to see the video for yourself.

[Source: Jay Leno’s Garage]

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