Friday, March 16, 2012

1958 Smyk B31

Despite the fact that the Polish authorities have preferred the more conventional Mikrus over their own prototype, the Smyk’s designers have developed a new version of their microcar, its metal body being now replaced by a new one made of epoxy resin. No production follows.

Smyk B31
Designed to carry two adults and two children, the Smyk follows the trend established by the Isetta by adopting a single front door, curiously and extremely inconveniently articulated at its bottom. Because of this forward entrance its engine, a 350cc borrowed from the Junak motorcycle, has to be mounted at the rear under a long deck, but no provision has been made for a luggage compartment.
● Introduction: 1957 as the metal-built B30, 1958 as the B30 in resin. Construction: body on separate chassis. Engine: air-cooled single-cylinder, 0.35-litre, 15 hp, mounted at the rear. Transmission: to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox. Suspension: independent on all four wheels. Brakes: hydraulic, to drums on all four wheels. Length: 295 cm. Top speed: 70 kph Range: front-door saloon.

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