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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:
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By Andrea & David Sparrow

Manufacturer: Societe de Construction de Vehicules Legeres

Model: Isetta Motor: ISO, 2-stroke Body: Monocoque
Years Built: June 1955-Jan. 1958 No. Cylinders: 1 (Double Piston) Chassis: none
No. Produced: 7115 Displacement: 236 cc Suspension Front:Niemann Rubber
No. Surviving: few Horsepower: 9.5 Suspension Rear: Leaf Spring
Length: 2380 mm Gearbox: 4 + rev. Steering: Rack & Pinion
Width: 1420 mm Starter: Dynastart Brakes: Hydraulic
Weight: 6.75 cwt Electrics: 6 v 4 Wheels: 4.40 x 11"
Interior: Bench Ignition: Coil Top Speed: 75 km/h

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