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In 1985 Replicar Limited,  Kent (UK) produced the Cursor Microcar.  The car, designed by Alan Hatswell, was created to allow sixteen year olds the chance to drive a car on the UK roads using only a moped license. This allowed then to drive a “car” a full year before they were legally allowed to.

The body of the Cursor was constructed from re-enforced fibreglass which was mounted onto a chassis of  tubular steel. As the fibreglass body was made pigment was added to produce a self coloured body shell. The vehicle was powered by a 49cc Suzuki CS50 power unit which drove the single rear wheel. As the Cursor was in effect a moped its design speed was 26 mph though it could go faster down hill and in the right wind conditions. Fuel consumption was excellent at approximately 90 mpg.  The car was very expensive however, In 1985, the car cost 2200, this was in comparison to a normal moped that cost around 1000.

This meant that most buyers would only keep the car for one year as they could drive a full size car when they became 17 years old. The Production life therefore was small and despite a two seater version that was also produced, production of these cars ceased in 1987 with just over 100 single seat Cursors being built; whilst the two seater is not have thought to have reached double figures.

The Replicar Cursor (My thanks go to Richard Oldroyd for allowing me to use this picture and for the information supplied on this page).

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