Brütsch Mopetta

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Brütsch Mopetta
Brütsch Mopetta 1957.JPG
Brütsch Mopetta on display at the Automuseum Engstingen in Engstingen, Germany
Manufacturer Egon Brütsch Fahrzeugbau
Production 1956–1958
Assembly Stuttgart
Designer Egon Brütsch
Body and chassis
Class Microcar
Body style Convertible
Layout Rear-wheel-drive by chain
Engine ILO-Motorenwerke V50 50 cc (3 cu in) Single cylinder 2 stroke
Transmission 3-speed manual
Wheelbase 3 ft 4.5 in (1,029 mm)
Length 5 ft 9.5 in (1,765 mm)
Width 3 ft 0 in (910 mm)
Height 3 ft 9.25 in (1,149.3 mm)
Kerb weight 1.75 long cwt (89 kg)

The Brütsch Mopetta was the smallest in a series of microcars designed by Egon Brütsch.

The Mopetta was an egg-shaped, single-seat, three-wheeler, with a single wheel at the front. It had an open roadster type fiberglass body, although at least one car had a detachable, transparent, folding hood. The car used a 50 cc (3 cu in) ILO V50 engine with a pull start and with an integral three-speed gearbox. Top speed was tested at 22 mph (35 km/h), with an average fuel consumption of 111 mpg‑imp (2.5 L/100 km; 92 mpg‑US). Only 14 were built, and each cost £200 (in today's money that's almost £2000), but a bike in that time cost £150. They were the most produced car by Brutsch and only 5 survive. The best one is a small red one with a white stripe and a cheap leather manual adjust roof which only 2 had. The only left over pieces are lights and small body panels such as chrome pieces.

There were negotiations with Opel to distribute the car, but only sales brochures were produced.

A Brütsch Mopetta replica is available, built in the UK with a modern Honda automatic engine.


  • Kleinwagen, Small Cars, Petites Voitures, by Benedikt Taschen, 1994

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