Video of the Day: Restoring and racing a cyclecar

Early cyclecars were powered by motorcycle engines

Not only restored, but this cyclecar competed in a race on a famed French track

Cyclecars were early motor vehicle built by placing a motorcycle engine in a 3- or 4-wheeled chassis. They usually were small, with room for 2 people, and rode on narrow “bicycle” style wheels.

The Video of the Day shows the restoration of a 1922 Bignan AL Sport model by its new French owner (with English subtitles). The “car” wasn’t running when purchased, but it was restored and the video even shows it taking part in a race at the famed Monthlery racing circuit.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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