3 Wheels. Made of Wood. From Japan. We Can't Make This Stuff Up…

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Your eyes do not deceive you. Both beautiful, dangerous, and incomprehensibly Japanese, this wooden trike is road-legal in the land of the rising sun. Click through for more photos and a video.

This is what happens when an admittedly very skilled Japanese furniture maker has too much time on his or her hands. You end up with an 80 km/h capable, street-legal wooden work of art. Seems to be based on some sort of two-wheeled contraption, but we’re guessing the all-wood body isn’t doing the power-to-weight ratio any favors. Just for the love of pete drive safely – the mortician is going to have a field day pulling 6″ splinters out of your forehead otherwise.

designboom (Thanks to Alexi for the tip!)

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14 responses to “3 Wheels. Made of Wood. From Japan. We Can't Make This Stuff Up…”

  1. Tomsk Avatar

    I can just hear the sales pitch: "This ride will get you more beaver than any Ferrari…"

  2. joshuman Avatar

    That is a tuk tuk I'd want to ride in.

  3. Alff Avatar

    2012 Prius prototype

  4. BGW Avatar

    One could really pine for a car like that. If he'll just spruce it up a little, it'd be a real chestnut.

    1. muhnkee_2 Avatar

      with lines like that you could quickly become poplar round here!

      1. BGW Avatar

        I wood really like that. Then I wouldn't have to lumber around trying so hard.

        1. Target29 Avatar

          This type of car goes against the grain. Is that an Oakley windshield, or am I barking up the wrong tree?

          1. engineerd Avatar

            I'm noticing a bunch of sappy comments as I leaf through the manual.

  5. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    Ladies and Gentlemen: The 2010 Morgan Special.
    Just throw a hand-beaten aluminium skin it and add copious amounts of positive ground electronics and it's done.

  6. muthalovin Avatar

    Jesus, THIS THING even has Lambo doors.
    /Fad Over

  7. engineerd Avatar

    This is quite practical. Women like the sight of hard wood. If done properly, you only need to wax it once ever few years. Plus, it's easier to fumigate termites than to cut and patch rusted out sheetmetal.

  8. CptSevere Avatar

    I'm turning Japanese I think I'm turning Japanese I really think so.
    I watched about seven minutes of that video and that's all I have running through my brain right now.
    Don't ever do this to me again.

  9. PowerTryp Avatar

    I have to admit, that thing is indicative of the way Japan is now. Amazing concepts but the follow through leaves much to be desired. There was a lot of work put into that machine and I take nothing away from that but it looks frumpy and lumpy and kind of boring compared to the pictures shown at the start of the video there. I give it an A for effort but a C+ on the final result.

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