The Family Three is a microcar built by Frisky Cars Ltd from 1959 to 1961. Two similar generations of the vehicle were manufactured.
First generation: 1959
The first generation Family Three was first revealed to the public at the Earls Court Motor show alongside the Frisky Coupe and Friskysprint in 1958, and production of the car began in February 1959. The Family Three was essentially a three-wheeled version of the Coupe, and having three wheels, it qualified for lower vehicle excise duty and could be driven with a motorcycle license. This rear-wheel drive vehicle was fitted with a 197cc Villiers 9E single-cylinder two-stroke engine capable of generating 9.5 bhp (7 kW) of power, and was capable of attaining speeds up to 50 mph (80 km/h). The first generation Family Three also featured MacPherson strut front suspension, shock absorber rear suspension, and manual four-speed transmission. It rode on a wheelbase of 1700 mm, weighed 330 kg, and measured 2.78 m long, 1.41 m wide, and 1.2 m high. The vehicle cost £378 new in 1959.
Second generation: 1960-1961
The second generation Family Three was announced in September 1959, and entered production in 1960. It was offered with the choice of either a 250cc Excelsior TT or 328cc TT1 twin-cylinder two-stroke engine, respectively capable of generating 10.75 bhp (8 kW) and 18 bhp (13 kW) of power. A Family Three fitted with a TT engine could expect to reach speeds up to 50 mph (80 km/h), and one with a more powerful TT1 could reach 65 mph (105 km/h). The MacPherson strut front suspension featured on the first generation was replaced by a leading arm Dubonnet system used on the previous Friskysport, but its shock absorber rear suspension was retained. The car also featured a manual four-speed gearbox with reverse. The Family Three Mk2 rode on a wheelbase of 1830 mm, weighed 318 kg, and had the same length, width, and height as its predecessor. In 1961 a Family Three Mk2 could be bought new for £391, 16 shillings, and 8 pence.
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