1929 Poirier 3-Wheeler (3 Roues) Invalid Carriage

1929 Poirier Modele F2 3-Wheeler Invalid Carriage

Voiturette a Volant: 2 Vitesses, Roue Libre, Marche Arriere

The Poirier was first manufactured in France in 1928. The company primarily manufactured invalid carriages but they also advertised various 3-wheelers for general sale. In 1935 back-to-back versions and monocars were superseded by the Monoto single and tandem-seater voiturettes. These vehicles were built on tubular frames with steel body work. Prior to World War 2 the Poirier was powered by a 175cc Train or Sachs engines as well as Peugeot and Gnome-et-Rhone engines. Along with shaft transmission, these were replaced after the war with 98cc Sachs and 125cc Ydral engines. The company ceased production in 1958.

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My Poirier is a really odd vehicle. It has a steering wheel, gears and brakes …but no pedals and engine. It is the most ‘car-like’ unmotorized vehicle I’ve ever come across.

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So how do you drive it?

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Forward motion is obtained by pushing the steering wheel backwards and forwards!

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But it has reverse too.

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Stop the vehicle (brake levers are fitted on both sides of the seat frame), use the gear-stick to select reverse gear …and push and pull the steering wheel as before, this time motivating the Poirier in a rearward direction.

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The Poirier is is complete as far as I can tell except for a set of tyres (easily obtained) and ready for an easy restoration.

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You don’t need a license, registration or helmet to drive one of these!

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Published on August 14, 2008 at 10:05 am  Leave a Comment  

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