Russon

Infobox Automobile


name = Russon Minicar
manufacturer = Russon Cars Ltd
production = 1951-1952
class = microcar
body_style = 2-door coupé
engine = 250 cc Excelsior
transmission = 3 speed manual
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The Russon was a British microcar with a sporting appearance and built by Russon Cars Ltd in Eaton Bray, Stanbridge, Bedfordshire between 1951 and 1952.

Designed by the editorial team of the Aeromodeller magazine the Russon was at first powered by a rear mounted 197 cc JAP engine but production cars used a larger 250 cc twin from Excelsior. Drive was to the rear wheels through a motor cycle type 3 speed gearbox. The suspension was independent all round by coil springs and the body was mounted on a tubular chassis frame. Auto mph|50|0 and 65 mpg were claimed.

The alloy panelled body was built on an ash frame in a traditional coachbuilders manner and was styled to look like a bit like a miniature Jaguar XK120. There was said to be room for 3 people to sit side by side. The car was killed by its high price of £491, for which a "normal" family saloon could be had and less than 10 were made.

References

A-Z of Cars 1945-1970. Michael Sedwick and Mark Gillies. Bay View Books 1993. ISBN 1-870979-39-7


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