There is a very nice coffee shop and roastery on Körnerstraße, Ehrenfeld in Cologne, Germany. Not very far from the spot where the awesomeness that is the Carver was seen, either. The coffee shop is called Van Dyck Kaffee, and the latte macchiato I had there was definitely in the top five of lattes I’ve ever had, so if you ever stroll the streets of Ehrenfeld and look for a cup of coffee, do pop in.
But it’s not coffee talk that brought me here today, but the white wheeled appliance that can be seen on the street in the coffee shop’s promotional photo above. What on earth is it?
Luckily, Carver witness Joe provided me a few detail shots to help with the identification.
It’s the Ligier Canta DLX, of course! Undeniably made out of plastic, the Canta must be the narrowest four-wheeled conveyance I have ever seen. You get a single wiper, which probably comes from a TGV train, but surprisingly the microcar isn’t a single-seater!
Nope, you sit there jammed shoulder-to-shoulder, looking at the instrument pod undoubtedly stolen from some other car. The steering wheel is a random ’80s aftermarket object, but it would appear all Cantas have this wheel.
Round the not-round back, you just get a door and a pair of what appear to be Espace taillights. I do think it’s possible to convert the Canta into a mobility vehicle, into which you just roll with your chair. There are some conversion job photos circling the web, too.
The late-’90s Canta is powered by a 5-horsepower 163cm³ engine and has a semi-automatic gearbox. With the “25” stickers slapped all around it, I’d say it probably reaches at least that speed. You’re able to drive it without a German driving licence, and it’s exempt from any inspections.
[Photos: Joe W, Van Dyck Kaffee]