Basson’s Industries of the Bronx, New York was behind this car, which was styled by Gil d’Andrea. It was presented in 1956, at the same time, when huge cars with a V8 under the hood were extremely popular in the USA.
The unusual open-topped two-piece glassfibre body was quite compact at 125 in (3170 mm) long and had a sizeable luggage area in the rear. Weighing 400 lb (181 kg), it used a small Ilo single-cylinder two-stroke engine and was claimed to average 80 mpg (2.94 l/100 km). Ideal for short haul delivery and for ease of parking.
Thanks to the three-wheeled chassis, the car was very maneuverable – the turning radius was only 1.5 m. Features included independent rear suspension, hydraulic brakes and a steering wheel that was described as “airplane-type”. Even priced at just $999, it found very few buyers. Basson’s was also involved with the Martin Stationette and the Tri-Car Suburbanette.
- Engine: Ilo, single-cyliner, two-stroke
- Top speed: 112 km/h
- Fuel consumption: 80 mpg (2.94 l/100 km)
- Overall dimensions: 3170×1200×1000 mm
- Weight: 400 lb (181 kg)