Daihatsu Bee

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Bee
Daihatsu Bee
ManufacturerDaihatsu
Also calledビィー
Production1958
AssemblyJapan
ClassMicrocar
Body style(s)Coupé
LayoutRR layout
Engine(s)540 cc

The Daihatsu Bee is a three wheeled microcar that was produced by Daihatsu Kogyo Co Ltd from 1958.

Although Daihatsu had been producing motorized tricycles for carrying freight since 1930, and had produced a small car for military use in 1937, the Bee was the first passenger car the company had built for sale to the general public. The car was marketed from October 1951, shortly before the company changed its name from Hatsudoki Seizo Co to Daihatsu.

Photographs show the car with a two door fibreglass body, though other sources state that it had a four door body and was popular as a taxi. Power was provided by a rear mounted 540 cc OHV air-cooled two-cylinder four stroke engine.[1] The car was adapted from one of Daihatsu's three wheeled delivery trucks. It was released for sale in 1958, and sold very few units.[2]

References

  1. Georgano, G.N. (Editor) (1982). Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars. London: Ebury Press. ISBN 0-85223-234-9. 
  2. Davis, Tony (2005). Extra Lemon!. Sydney: Bantam. p. 99. ISBN 1-86325-550-8. 

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