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Date Listed 13-Jan-17
Address London, ON N6C4S9
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For Sale By Owner

My daughter bought this when she was young with her own money. After many fun summers in the velo with her friends, dogs and guinea pig, she has now decided to sell it as she saves up for university. She is asking what she paid years ago – so price is firm. (They sold for 400.00 U.S in the seventies).

The velomobile: own a piece of history. These were built in the USA during the gas shortages of the seventies as a possible alternative/replacement to a car. It didn't replace the car obviously, but it is one of the few that remain today. It is so much fun – you won't believe it! It is not as easy to drive as a car obviously (because you need to pedal!), however, it is great exercise. It can really fly!

Here is the description from Wikipedia:

Wikipedia: "The People Powered Vehicle, or PPV, was a two-person pedal-powered car introduced in the United States during the oil crisis of the early 1970s. Manufactured by EVI of Sterling Heights, Michigan, it sold for less than $400. Although it offered luggage space and was marketed as a fun and practical vehicle, it offered limited weather protection and was not fast enough to substitute for a car. The PPV may be considered the forerunner of the modern velomobile. This tricycle was manufactured with a three-speed, floor shift, open type transmission with a single-wheel drive. Either the driver or the passenger could pedal independently or as a team. Reverse was accomplished by reaching outside and turning one of the rear wheels by hand. At one time, a rear-hinged, surrey top was available. Most were manufactured with a dark blue bottom and a white hood. Red or yellow bottoms with white tops were also offered. Sometimes bicycle accessories were added, e.g. squeeze bulb horn and a rear view mirror. An upgraded version of this vehicle is currently (2011) being offered by the International Surrey Company Ltd. under the trade name Impello."


Two short videos of our velo:



Keywords: Velomobile, People Powered Vehicle, PPV, bicycle, collector, rare, tricycle, mid-century, vintage, retro
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