Suck It, Prius: Citroen LoMax for the Discerning Commuter

citroen lomax for saleIf When gas gets up to $5.00, if I’m not taking the train I’m gonna be driving something like this. The LoMax is a Citroen 2CV based fiberglass kit car sporting a triplex of wheels. According to the seller it’ll get 57mpg at (slow) freeway speeds, but has no problem keeping up with the fast lane (80+ mph) with it’s four speed transmission. citroen lomax for saleThree wheels puts it in Goldilocks legal status in California: not a car (no smog, cheaper reg, etc), but no motorcycle helmet or M license required. The helmet might not be required, but given that the Mad_Science_day_job commute is 80 freeway miles round trip, it’s sort of a toss-up between a bigger windscreen or a storm trooper helmet for extra bug/rock/cigarette/pelican protection. Right hand drive would take some getting used to, but it’s all the better to get your brain working on the way to the cube farm. Given the quality workmanship visible in the listing the price is lower than you might think: $2k with reserve unmet, $10k buy it now.
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16 responses to “Suck It, Prius: Citroen LoMax for the Discerning Commuter”

  1. bzr Avatar

    Some good finally came from that rat-bastard Gallic turd-machine that is the 2CV.

  2. CptSevere Avatar

    Cute little deathtrap. The lack of protection of a motorcycle with none of the performance. The wheel configuration of a three-wheeled V-twin Morgan without the classic appeal. Looks kinda Brit, but is actually French. Nah, I'll pass.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      While this example's probably not all that quick, I'd argue it's leaps and bounds better than a bike, safety-wise.
      At least you've got something between you and Mr Lanechanger's bumpers. Also, if you get bumped, you don't end up sliding on the ground like a moving speed bump.
      I'd seriously consider a contraption such as this. I'd prefer it be RWD with a bike rearend hanging back there, but FWD is really easy to do.

      1. CptSevere Avatar

        Actually, the Can-Am three wheeled things are that way, but you ride them like a bike, or actually like a snowmobile. In this case, what I'm referring to is the fact that a motorcycle is way more maneuverable, narrower, and taller (more visible) when taking the rider into account than this thing. Admit it, someone driving a dumptruck or even a Suburban wouldn't see this rollerskate over the hood if it was directly in front of it. Although, I'm being hypocritical, because I wouldn't hesitate to drive a Spridget or Triumph Spitfire if I had one, and they're not much bigger than this.

  3. muthalovin Avatar

    I think you should pull the trigger on this Mr_Science. If 2 wheels are better than 4, and 4 wheels are better than 2, I think 3 is juuuuuuust right. Also, British Racing Green? On a Frenchy?

  4. joshuman Avatar
    joshuman

    The grab handle for the passenger must be there to help them sit down and stand up — it sure isn't for safety.

  5. Black Steelies Avatar

    "According to the seller it’ll get 57mph"
    do you mean 57 mpg??

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Yes, yes I did.
      Stupid alphabet.

  6. damnelantra™[!] Avatar

    ah, i forgot about that one!

  7. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar
    BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ

    Three wheelers pay toll where I live, pass.

  8. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    You know what might've helped? Including the link.
    Added.

  9. smokyburnout Avatar

    Looks like it's got some x-treme camber in the front end.
    <img src="http://www.in.gr/auto/dokimes/pr_dokimes_ae/foto_big/ae_Mercedes_F400_Carving_01_714.jpg"&gt;

  10. dwegmull Avatar
    dwegmull

    I would rather buy a 2CV. And by that I mean replace my Volvo V70R by a 2CV. I already have a toy low enough to slip under a semi trailer (well not quite, but you get the idea), so I need a practical car. I does not much more practical and cheapfrugal than a 2CV…

  11. Carlee Iese Avatar

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  12. Bob Avatar
    Bob

    Sorry to say, but as far as I know, there isn't a Lomax for sale in Texas, or even one to look at. In my opinion, they are nice looking little cars. I wouldn't mind having one if I could afford it.

  13. Trent Avatar
    Trent

    I have the Campagna V13R, but the Lomax might be nice for something different.
    Fast. "Too low" is not a problem…EVERYONE sees it !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed…!

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