If you ever doubt the creativity of your fellow Americans, direct your web browser to eBay Motors. The Internet auction site is a one-stop shop for the weirdest and most contrived automotive contraptions on the planet. Today’s bizarre entrant is a 1980 Chevrolet Citation that has been converted into a three wheeler — dubbed the “Triation” by its owner.
To build the car, an adventurous amateur engineer took the Citation’s drivetrain, a 2.5-liter inline-4 and automatic transaxle, and mounted it in the trunk — or, rather, what used to be the hood and engine bay of another Citation. Then he narrowed the front of the car so it has just two seats (one behind the other) and one wheel, the latter of which provides a modicum of steering ability. The result looks truly weird, and is effectively America’s superfluous answer to England’s three-wheeled Reliant Robin.
The good news is that the engine was recently rebuilt and has covered just 6500 since then. Because it no longer has four wheels, the Triation has to be registered as a motorcycle, but it does at least feature air conditioning and power locks. The seller says the conversion required three years’ work and cost $43,000 in labor. Frankly, we’d have spent that money on a nice BMW 3 Series.
Sure, we’re impressed by the work required to twist and meld the Citation donor cars into a Triation, but we still don’t quite understand why it exists.The conversion was evidently a labor of love, which makes us question why the seller would want to part with his creation. But then again, a three-wheel, two-seat Citation sounds like an impractical daily driver.
If a three-wheeled Chevrolet sedan tickles your fancy, bid soon: The eBay auction ends Saturday, May 14. As of writing, the bidding is at $4500 — which is still below the auction reserve price. Understandably, there’s no warranty.