'12 Fauchet Velo Car
The Fauchet is fun to drive, seats two medium adults snugly with room in the back for sports gear, groceries, or a child in the rumble seat. It is built by the "stitch & glue" method and goes together fast! After a little finishing work with a burgundy stain, some cream paint, varnish, it looks beautiful! The body is monocoque: it is strong, light and stiff without any metal frame to weld. The whole body is built of three sheets of 1/8" plywood plus some very small wood braces to hold the suspension, and strips along the top of the cockpit. With an electric motor in the back wheel it can cruise along comfortably, even up hills. It is road legal in most states and provinces as an electric bicycle. An umbrella will keep the rain off, or invent a convertible roof yourself! The front suspension is made of bicycle front shocks, bits of tubing sawed from scrap bicycles, and held together with fiberglass. The rear suspension is from an electric scooter.
Charles Mochet ceased building gas cars in the twenties and thirties and moved forward with pedal powered “Velocars”. Constructed of plywood, and with an open bottom over a steel tube frame, they were light enough to be pedaled by two adults carrying groceries, and even small additional family members. During WWII they were used by the French resistance; gasoline was appropriated by the Nazis, and freedom rides on pedaled wheels.The Fantom Velomobile was produced from plans by hobbyists in Sweeden in the 1940's. Fueled by gasoline shortages, the velomobile craze spawned races, and inspired the new generation of Velomobiles in Europe today.
So far the plans are just photos of the build, with dimensions on them. Contact me!