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George Stephenson , who built his Unicar ,once travelled over to north wales to salvage some parts from one wrecked in a crash . the spare unicar wheels now at jeans tell us why the car might have crashed ........

Sorry, am I being thick. What is wrong with the wheel?

Two reasons the Opperman Punicar had handling issues, as I understand it.
One was that it featured no diff on the rear axle, about 3 foot long. So on cornering one wheel would be forced to break grip. If the inside then one handling characteristic, if the outside, a differing characteristic. This in a vehicle that on form could actually go quite fast. I drove one, eer, can a car be schizophrenic? For worst handling possible in a fourwheeler place that rear end with a Nobel front end, You will have a car that refuses to change direction!
Two was that the hubs used to fail. Really handy seeing as they needed to be good and strong to counter the effects of the odd handling. They didn't.
Add into the pot some were sold for home build and thus had the potential to be put together badly and you have a classic ditch finder.

Certainly one went to Ken Wager and one into Canada via Mario Palma. Not sure if the two dead ones locally, both with broken hubs, still reside where I located them or the 'going to do them up's' have sold or croaked first. There comes a point its not worth following up and you leave the letters to do the talking to the executors. 

Cannot recall where one of mine came from but the other was bought after the Leek Auction with most of the stock as Mr Wall got a bit carried away bidding against an underwhelmed lot of punters, oh dear, how sad, never mind! (not that any auction house does such a thing of course.......). The Groomfondle car was stolen from me, back in the day, last seen heading toward Essex, home of the dodgy deal.
Oh dear! Will we ever know the number of Opperman as the dodgy boys have been involved. Que double numberplates, split cars, clones and ID sales. All for an extra fiver but schtum. Its all a bit like the Groomfondle Bonds. All sold in Britain but disappeared in the main and apparently I sold them abroad according to the Bond MI5 department, so that say a lot about enthusiasts I think.
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Thanks, I will do so once I get started. Not sure if I will build the P50 or the Trident first though.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: opperman unicars how many are there left
« Last post by Jim Janecek on July 29, 2014, 08:54:25 PM »
One was auctioned at the 2006 Ramgate motor museum auction, not sure if it's the same car that ended up in Bruce's collection though.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Ramsgate_Motor_Museum

The auction was actually June 30-July 1 2005 and I have a record of taking a photo of the one in the BW collection December 2005 so it may very well be the same vehicle. Neither have any serial number listed or license plate.

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/c1959-opperman-unicar-two-door-coupe-4532776-details.aspx
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Microcar Events / Re: Open Day at The Hammond Collection
« Last post by milnes on July 29, 2014, 08:43:56 PM »
Thanks for posting the video, looks like i missed a great day.
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Microcar Events / Re: Open Day at The Hammond Collection
« Last post by Rusty Chrome (Malcolm Parker) on July 29, 2014, 08:26:19 PM »
Thanks for posting the video. Here's a photo of the Frisky
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Microcar Events / Re: Open Day at The Hammond Collection
« Last post by Bob Purton on July 29, 2014, 07:37:10 PM »
I guessed you were preoccupied for most of the day as nearly all the footage was of people leaving!
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: opperman unicars how many are there left
« Last post by blob on July 29, 2014, 07:02:51 PM »
One was auctioned at the 2006 Ramgate motor museum auction, not sure if it's the same car that ended up in Bruce's collection though.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Ramsgate_Motor_Museum



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Microcar Events / Re: Open Day at The Hammond Collection
« Last post by micro marshall on July 29, 2014, 06:11:49 PM »
I can blame the peel for making me miss the frisky because i was busy learning how to drive it. We are still trying to find a way of mounting 'L' plates on it. ;D :D
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Microcar Events / Re: Open Day at The Hammond Collection
« Last post by Bob Purton on July 29, 2014, 06:02:57 PM »
Thanks for the video Dodger.  I enjoyed that music so take no notice of the old fogie! ;D Its a shame you didn't get any footage of The Frisky sport though.
Its not often there are two Inter owners in the same field but there was last Sunday. I think the last time I could say that was at Story 2002.
Have fun on the Isle of Man where I guess there will be quite a lot of Peel owners in the same field!
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: opperman unicars how many are there left
« Last post by Jim Janecek on July 29, 2014, 04:08:42 PM »
I know Ken Weger in the USA has one. 
The red/creme one that was in the BW collection was apparently sold to Russia.
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