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Make your own 70 mpg Isetta Velam mini-car! In five minutes or less

by Ken Winston Caine

Like this little car?

1957 Isetta Velam got 70 mpg

This is the 1957 Isetta Velam. It got between 50 and 70 miles per gallon, depending upon whether you drove like a feeble grandpa or like a hotrodder.

It sat two people.

The front was a hatch and opened outward with the steering wheel and instrument cluster attached. Two adults could easily crouch and slide onto the single bench seat, pull shut the front, and nuzzle as they cruised.

The speedometer was round and fit in the center of the steering wheel.

For perspective, the boy in the photo below is 5’3″ tall. Probably at least 3 or 4 inches taller than I was when I first inspected one of these in the parking area on the lawn of the Friends Meeting House in Waynesville, Ohio, in 1957 or 1958 or 1959.

Boy stands 5 feet 3 inches tall

A number of manufacturers, including BMW, operating in different countries, produced versions of the Isetta under license from Iso, its Italian designer and original manufacturer. The Velam version was made in France and was possibly the most stylish. There was a luxury version of the Velam as well. Was pretty rare to see any Isetta on streets and highways in the United States back then, as it was primarily imported, one car at a time, by individuals who had seen or driven them in Europe.

Want one of these cute little cars of your own?

You can have one in the next five minutes. Free. Really:

(Courtesy of Michel Productions, http://www.whirlingpool.com/isetta/velam/velam072.gif)

Make Your Own Isetta Velam Mini-Car -- In Just Five Minutes!

 

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8 Responses to “Make your own 70 mpg Isetta Velam mini-car! In five minutes or less”

  1. Turbulence Training review
    December 7th, 2010 11:36
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    Love the post, i’m gonna make my own! Talk about a cute car! haha

  2. ken winston caine
    December 8th, 2010 17:11
    2

    Lemme know what kind of mileage you get.
    — kwc

  3. kathryn perry
    December 9th, 2010 22:49
    3

    Now -if I can just get a big enough piece of cardboard…

  4. ken winston caine
    December 9th, 2010 23:26
    4

    ‘Command’ it, kathryn.

  5. gbooksod@gmail.com
    December 13th, 2010 23:39
    5

    I found your blog while on google. I am very impressed with your writing skills and you have it together. I am starting my own blog and have been looking for ideas and you have inspired me. Thank you!

  6. ken winston caine
    December 14th, 2010 19:18
    6

    Well…. Ahem…. Thank you for the compliment. And let me compliment YOU on your blog-spamming skills. A Google search reveals that your comment — the exact words you posted here — can be found on “About 52,000” other blogs.

    That’s why I deleted the URL you included for your SEO client. Don’t recall which it was this time. Was it penis enlargement? Prescription diet pills? T-shirt sales? Bargain Rolexes?

    You certainly are a prolific little pest, aren’t you? I assume you are using automated-posting software, but which program? And how does it sneak past my registration and capcha requirements?

  7. bird
    December 16th, 2010 03:13
    7

    I never did the math on mine but I’m pretty certain that there is literature that supports up to 85 mpg on the old fuel.

  8. ken winston caine
    December 16th, 2010 20:21
    8

    So you owned one, Bird? Closest my family came was a Renault 4CV. Which wasn’t a very good car. Seems like we had the engine out about every three months. Was cute, though.

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