It was 1946 and Europe was severely affected by the impact of World War II. The economy was in dire straits and people were looking for cheaper modes of transportation as most of the infrastructure was destroyed.
Micro cars for very little money were the solution. In France, a former engineer from Renault, Marcel Alamagny creates a very unusual vehicle, a microcar that would be cheaper and economical to run. Alamagny has the idea of positioning the passengers back to back (see image). This was the first time that this idea had been used in order to be as space efficient as possible. He decides to put the main axle together with the engine in between, stabilized with two other wheels centered at front and back and the result achieved was a chassis layout that was in the shape of a diamond.
He added smooth and rounded bodywork that were identical at both ends. The doors looked the same too. His design was to maximize space and minimize working parts and so doors made were identical to save cost. For entering his car, the front and the back had to be pulled open like a hood. The car had a length of 342 cm and a height of 160 cm and could take 4 passengers inside. With an engine that is a 13 hp, 569 cc of a Simca 5 (French-Italian car model), this car could travel up to 85 km/hr. Because of its diamond layout, the car had a turning radius that was less than 4 meters.
Two years later, in 1948 a prototype was shown to the public during a fair. But there was not much interest in his car and so never entered production. The entire car was dismantled and there exists no record of original car.
This highly detailed scale model is created in RESIN and is one of the only 333 pieces made.
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|Box Dimension (in inches)||7 x 3 x 3|