New take on legendary Velorex three-wheeler unveiled at Brno car show
It’s been sixty years since the legendary Czech three-wheeler, Velorex, first took to the road. Ridiculed by some and admired by others, the curious vehicle gained many fans around the world. Now, the legend is back – on Wednesday, a luxurious remake of the vehicle was unveiled at a car show in Brno.
Pavel Brída, the head of a small motorbike-producing firm in Opava, is a big Velorex fan and the owner of a 1950s model. A couple of years ago, his love for the legendary vehicle made him come up with a new, updated version of the three-wheeler which was unveiled at the Motosalon car show in Brno.
Mr Brída says he wanted the new Velorex to be “more powerful, stronger and safer”. The streamlined, revamped new model – called Velor-x-trike due to copyright issues – is powered by a 1300 cc Honda engine; it’s longer and heavier, with a whole new body. And it’s also much faster – it can go up to 200 km/h.
“We paid special attention to safety. We considered the ideal weight, length and width of the three-wheeler carefully, and incorporated a number of EU-approved elements, such as seats, four-point seat belts and so on.”
But unlike the old tent on wheels, the new model is more of a luxurious toy, tailor-made for individual clients. Mr Brída says his company will only produce some five or six vehicles a year at a price around 500,000 crowns.