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Volugrafo

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1946 Volugrafo
1947 Volugrafo 1947
Thanks Massimo Carini


1946 - 1948

Volugrafo's success in the market with their small engine capacity motorcycles allowed them in 1948 to produce a small Bimbo type car made with an aerodynamic aluminum body. The production of the lite 125 kg car with a 125cc engine and 3-speed manual gearbox ceased in 1948.


Development

The engineer and race driver Belmondo developed the Volugrafo Bimbo vehicle, which was introduced in November 1945 and produced through early 1946. Production ended in 1948 after about 60 copies total.

Chassis

A supporting metal frame formed the chassis with an extremely narrow track of only 78 cm. A differential was not needed and the front wheels were out on a parallelogram, and the steering was transmitted by a large chain.

Body

The vehicle had an open, door-less body with a bench and room enough to have two people sitting next to each other. The steering wheel was in the vehicles center. The vehicle has a length of only 2.4 meters and a height of only 90 centimeters. There is a thin fabric top without side panels for weather protection.

Technology

It was powered by an air-cooled cylinder engine with 125 cc and 5 Hp, which was installed in front left rear wheel and a chain at the left rear drive. There was also a sports version using an additional installed engine of the same size on the right rear, to the drive the right rear wheel.

Surving vehicles

At least two vehicles have survived to this day, they are at the Musée Communal de l'Automobile in Mahymobiles Leuze-en-Hainaut and in the Museo Ford Gratton in Farra d'Isonzo (Italy). In the photos you can see small differences between the two vehicles, for example, the front decoration, the exterior mirrors and the roof.

Literature

  • Walter Description: International small car. Motor-Verlag. Stuttgart 1999. Template:Incorrect ISBN
  • Harald Linz and Halwart Schrader: The International Motor Encyclopedia United Soft Media Verlag GmbH, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-8032-9876-8.


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