Citroen-Powered Three-Wheeler: Performance Vehicles Trihawk

We’re big fans of odd layouts, and this certainly qualifies. The TriHawk had a short run in the early to mid 1980s and offered super-light weight, low center of gravity and eye-catching style.  Think Slingshot, but way ahead of its time and with the added bonus of being built in Dana Point, California.  Add in a Citroen flat four and we’re in heaven.

The seller claims this example has 84K original miles, which is a lot for something that is basically a really cool toy.  Apparently, only 96 of these were built and this is number 51.  There’s also mention of a frame-off restoration and some indication of new parts.  The result looks basically new to us, and, despite it’s 1980s build, this feels very 70s in gold fiberglass!

Reserve hasn’t been met; so we don’t know what the seller wants, but this seems like a lot of fun anywhere close to the current $5,300 bid.  If it truly runs and drives well and can easily be registered, we think there’s still value in a higher bid.  Supposedly, it registers as a motorcycle, which make things easy, but may require a helmet (?).  That might not be a bad idea, anyway…

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Lodi, CA, USA
$5,300 with 16 bids, reserve not met and 4.5 days to go

It’s fair to say nothing looks quite like this, though it has a lowered dune buggy vibe going on, what with all the gold ‘glass.

Gold is really just royal brown.

Engine is indeed in front, and bonnet tilts for access.

Here’s the head-on view, which few will see, as most rear view mirrors will be aimed too high.

Profile shows side pipe and rear wheel pushed far aft.

Motorcycle much?  Luggage rack probably means there’s no storage under there.

Interior is sporting and very much car like, though we imagine it’s tight.

Machined cluster finish is a cool touch and, again, feels pretty 70s.

Seats appear to offer good lateral support and are in great shape.  The seller says the upholstery is new.

Here’s the Citroen flat for – a conversation piece in and of itself.

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Be Sure to See all our Other High Quality Private Party Vehicles up for Auction In See Other Items under Seller Information! No Trades!!
Extremely Rare 1984 Trihawk Model 304 Sports Car
Number 51 Of 96 Manufactured
Citroen 1299cc Four Cylinder, Air Cooled Opposed Flat Four Engine
Citroen Transaxle, 5 Speed Synchromesh Manual Transmission
Renault Front Wheel Drive Independent Suspension and Rear Trailing Arm
1985 Car and Driver Magazine claimed one of the 10 best cars in Road-ability .87g on skid pad test.  (Other independent test show .97g skip pad)
Wide Front Wheel Base and Low Center of Gravity.
Curb Weight with Full Tank of Gas is 1350 lbs.
Mileage reads 84360, Believed Original Miles
California Clean and Clear Title
Call me, Dan at 209-xxx-xxxx with Questions (NO TEXTS)
You are bidding on an Extremely Rare 1984 Trihawk 304 3 Wheeled Convertible Sports Car. This is Number 51 of a total of 96 Manufactured.
This Trihawk Won 1st place in the 2015 65th Annual Sacramento Autorama, February 14-16th at Sacramento Cal Expo and 1st place in 2015 Annual Grand National Roadster Show January 23-25 in Pomona, CA. Show Quality Condition and ready to Show and Drive. Runs and Drives Excellent.
Drivetrain, Accessories and Stock Equipment:
Citroen 1299cc Opposed Four Cylinder Air Cooled Motor developing 67 HP
Citroen Transaxle with 5 Speed Synchromesh Transmission
Renault Independent Front Suspension Front Wheel Drive
Renault Rear Trailing Arm
Adjustable Shocks
Restored Bucket Seats and Complete Interior New Upholstery (Original Style)
New Dash
Gauges Include
Original Rechromed Front Bumper
Original Rechromed Rear Bumper
New Original Front Grill
Custom made Chrome Luggage Rack (Mounts through Body Directly to Frame)
Factory Heater
Roll Bar Chromed
Piper Cub Windows
Ruspa Aluminum Wheels
JVC Stereo AM/FM
Rear Speakers
11 Gallon Fuel Cell
Fire Extinguisher
Convertible Top and Side Curtains
All Lights, Signals and Wiper in proper working order
Owner can furnish Resto Pictures and Receipts.
Frame Off Restoration
Please look over the Photos and Call me, Dan at 209-xxx-xxxx with Questions (NO TEXTS)
Thanks Again and Good Luck!

VW-Powered Weirdness: L’Automobile Ventura

Here’s a rare one. The L’Automobile was a Brazilian-built, VW-powered coupe which allegedly used some parts from the previous VW do Brasil SP2 and, of course, used a VW chassis, engine and transaxle.

The seller says this car runs and drives well and only has a few minor needs. The key here is that it is complete and the L’Automobile-unique parts are there. Given the VW mechanical bits, mechanical issues should be easy to manage.

The reserve hasn’t been met, but we can’t imagine it’s too much higher. This could be a great little oddball for Cars and Coffee and occasional commuting!

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Hallieford, Virginia, USA
$3,150 with 18 bids, reserve not met and four days to go

If you saw this on the street, would you know be able to identify it?

Here’s a profile, possibly shot through jail bars (?).

We feel a Tatra vibe here.  Quad headlights look pretty good here and lack of flip-up means this has aged better than many 80s cars.  Hood bump is interesting, but there’s no engine there.

Profile is not offensive, but brings to mind many other cars.

Rear looks pretty good for a kit-type car.  Obligatory VW quad tips may give away the power source.

A hatch is present, but the floor is high for reasons that are likely obvious.

Frunk appears to be very large.

Interior looks nice enough and appears to be in really good shape.

The engine sits under the hatch floor.

Here’s a better look.

Here’s documentation that this is indeed a real “L’Automobile.” Surely, the Frenchness adds something.

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Nice odd ball air cooled VW. Attractive hand built Brazilian lift back coupe. Looks like a Ferrari insures and drive like a bug. Runs and drive very well , could be an every day driver, but more of a fun weekend driver. Current owner had plans to use for car shows.
New Virginia inspection, engine looks and sounds right, no smoke or leaks pulls strong,not slow, fitted with single choke webers with K and N filters. Clutch action is smooth and 4 speed shifts without any issues. Steers and brakes properly. Electrical is all good, everything works ,charges fine no battery drain issues. Paint has a few minor stress cracks but will polish up and is very presentable. Glass and misc. trim is in good order. Tires are in good shape, front are new. Floor pans are solid. Interior has no rips and dash pad is excellent. New wipers, battery,tires, turn signal switch

Minor issues:
Cassette player is out junk.
Has minor play in steering column bushing (minor).
Speedo reads in kilometers works fine but does not record mileage.

804 xxx-xxxx Carl

car titled a 1989 but ebay would not take the vin number so it a 1989 not a 1980!!!!!!!!!!

Omna Auto Bug Box: Beetle Conversion

As a follow up to our recent Vandetta post, here’s a more old school Beetle van-ish conversion.  This one has a lot of needs, but it looks like it’s all there.  This was done using a “Bug Box” kit from Omna-Auto back in the day.

The seller says this needs pan repair and a starter. If a started is truly all it needs to run, this could be a good deal.  The next owner will need to decide whether to repaint or embrace the “patina.”

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Spiceland, IN, USA
$500 with one bid, reserve not met, $3,000 BIN price and two days to go

This really is a box grafted to the front half of a Beetle, but that’s probably what you expected. We like the overall shape.  Note missing running board.  Does the block mean the emergency brake doesn’t work?

The passenger side running board is also trying to part ways with this car.

Front is all Beetle and faded, but solid.  Chicken in background is a nice touch and we wonder what’s up with that truck.

Rear is about as simple and square as it gets.  Quad tips are a nice touch!

Interior appears to be in better shape vs. the oxidized exterior.

This has a rear bench seat, rather than an open cargo area, though one could surely remove this.

The carpet lining the top is amazing!  It could only be better it made of shag.

Things are dirty but serviceable under the hood.

Stock 1964 engine is in place.  If truly stock, it’s a 1200.

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64 beetle with bug box kit. Original conversion with full Custom interior.
Original motor and transmission
Not a one of a kind. But the only one of it’s kind !!
Car is in need of pan repair and a starter. Other than that the car is in great shape. Never wrecked never any damage to fiberglass kit. Other than the pan work there is only one spot of rust. It’s at the bottom of the passenger side door posts. The interior is nearly PERFECT!!
 FIX this car up and be the only one with anything like it.