Trike builders always face
the same questions.
What am I gonna sit on? What kind of fenders will work with this thing?
Where am I going to put my jacket when it gets hot? How will I keep
Boss" comfortable?In the past, we've always had
pretty much the same options. We would either scrounge around looking
for things to bolt to our frames, or buy one of the same fiberglass
trike bodies that have been sold for the last thirty years. Even then,
you still have to bolt a box to the top of your ride to have a place to
put your stuff. That always bugged me. I began
using type 3* and type 4 VW motors a long time ago so I could have more
room to put a box over the motor without having it stick a mile up in
the air. So I designed this body with the type 3 motor in mind. It has the trunk
built right in, so theirs nothing to bolt to the top of it. The lid
also forms the top of the passenger backrest, giving them the same
comfortable, high seat back as the driver. Please note that these bodies will also work just fine with a VW type 1* engine (minus
the trunk insert).Another thing I wanted to accomplish
on this body was to give it curves, nothing but curves, so it would
look organic and alive, instead of looking like a bunch of flat panels
taped together at the edges. It has some flat spots on the fenders and
back of the trunk for mounting taillights, but that's about it.
*Type 1 refers to the type of engine found in a VW Beetle. Type 3 refers to the type of engine found in a VW Squareback.
engines have nearly identical engine blocks, but are different in the
type of cooling metal attached to them and a few other differences in
The type 3 ends up flatter and lower. While the type 1 is more common, I feel the type 3 has some spatial advantages.
Customers have used both kinds, so no need to worry.Here, the body is pictured
with the trunk insert (included) for a VW type 3 setup. I
haven't figured the cubic footage yet, but you can stuff a lot of camping gear in there!To demonstrate how the body looks with a VW type 1 engine, I bought a fan
housing and generator stand to put on my type 3 to
simulate how a type 1 would fit. As you can see, the motor is
actually lower than the level of the trunk opening. The lid in this
case gives easy access to the engine. Since the body is shipped with the trunk floor
installed, you'll be trimming out a portion of the floor to accommodate your type 1 engine.The picture below
shows an un-painted body with an un-upholstered seat pan on it. The
seat pan gets upholstered separately, and fastens to the body.The price of the trike body, including crating, is $875.(Local pick-up in Eugene is $650)The seat pans are $125 and can be shipped with your body.
If you're a trike vendor, you can get these cheaper by ordering more than one at a time. Email me for a quote.Don't forget, that includes a large built-in trunk (hinges, lock, and seal are included).You can place an order or ask questions by using the email address below. Steve@hutchisontrikes.com