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1975 Mini Comtesse

The microcar boom in France in the 1970's encouraged a proliferation of local manufacturers producing vehicles which could be driven without licenses. Acoma was a major player, with sales totalling 30 % of the market.

The odd styling, folding gullwing door on one side and regular door on the other, and dangerous instability didn't hurt sales at all. The single powered front wheel was helped by a pair of "training" wheels to improve safety. Brakes were to the rear wheels only. Various "improved" models were produced.

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