Wednesday, December 17, 2014

3.5k: Family Combo: 1970 Custom Renault Trike With Opel Kadett Trailer

Another 3500 smackeroo feature fell into our lap this week, a tip from Gregg who wrote simply have fun with this one.  What else would you expect?  So, I'm going to put this out here:  this next feature is the perfect family hauler.   Find this 1970 Custom Renault Trike with Opel trailer offered here on craigslist for $3,500 located in Daytona Beach, FL.  (The seller mentions that the front section is from a Renault (probably an 8) and the rear looks like an Opel Kadett wagon).

Before you hit the little x on the corner of the browser window, let me explain the family man car dilemma.  As a man with a few kids you still want to enjoy a thrilling ride but need to haul around a bunch of screaming brats.  I'm not talking about Duggar levels of kids, but this combo is perfect for someone with 3-5 kids.  First, you've got the front trike, which is where you will ride, enjoying the pleasant breeze and wind noise isolating you from any drama from the back seat. 

The 1-ish liter Renault inline-4 mounted out the back is good for something in the realm of 50 horsepower and should be capable of pulling the Opel Kadett trailer to freeway speeds. 

If you are heading to work, just take the front trike section and leave the Kadett rear section at home.  But, if you need to pickup a load of bricks from the Lows Despot or take the little rug rats to their Brazilian Jujitsu classes, just hook up that rear section and go to town. Just be sure to check the legality of passengers in a trailer section of a moving vehicle for your local, because I'm not sure if that is legal anywhere.

See a better 2 for 1 combo?


  1. Hmmm. Not exactly sure what to say. So, I'll shut up and move on.

  2. I know exactly what to say:
    Opium den shuttle.

  3. The TV in the 'camper' is a nice touch ...

  4. How much did they spend on that low profile front tire on the pooter ?

  5. I was almost willing to give this thing a break, until I saw that interior shot of the trailer. Shudder....

  6. I can smell the carpet door trim from here......

  7. If the Elio doesn't get made, I guess this will have to do.

  8. Looks like great fun. I'd love to travel with this combination. In the classic Italian Fellini Film(1955), La Strada, the circus strong man(anthony quinn)has a trike that has a pretty roomy covered truck bed. one complete three wheeler motorcycle for travel and sleep.


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