1957 Velam Isetta
Built under license from ISO in a part of the Talbot sports car factory, it varied from the original in 34 items.
The frame was changed to only subframes, rubber band suspension, better shifter, steering, motor access from inside, tail shape, high lamps, bumpers and separate front fenders were among the major changes, but the motor remained ISO's.
The body and interior design was beautifully executed with French style, flair and attention to detail.
It was cheap to buy, priced at 15% less than the Citroen 2CV
500 re-styled luxury versions called "Ecrin" (Jewel Box) were built.
These versions are very rare.
M. Budin closed shop in early 1958 for financial reasons.
This particular car can also be seen in the book:
More Bubblecars & Microcars Colour Family Album
By Andrea & David Sparrow
Manufacturer: Societe de Construction de Vehicules Legeres
||Motor: ISO, 2-stroke
|Years Built: June 1955-Jan. 1958
||No. Cylinders: 1 (Double Piston)
|No. Produced: 7115
||Displacement: 236 cc
||Suspension Front:Niemann Rubber
|No. Surviving: few
||Suspension Rear: Leaf Spring
|Length: 2380 mm
||Gearbox: 4 + rev.
||Steering: Rack & Pinion
|Width: 1420 mm
|Weight: 6.75 cwt
||Electrics: 6 v
||4 Wheels: 4.40 x 11"
||Top Speed: 75 km/h