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    Was it an Egg, Motorcycle, or what?

    To Whom It May Concern:

    I definitelty need your help with this, if at all possible. I seem to
    remember a certain golden, egg-shaped 3-wheeled concept vehicle being on display in what I think was Epcot Center's Innovations: The Road to Tomorrow Palivian during the parks infantcy. (And, No. I didn't see any goose. LOL)

    There was an actual life-sized vehicle on display, and a video that was also being shown on a screen behind the display. As I remember, this vehicle was gas driven and had wheels; two in the rear to drive the vehicle, and a single wheel in front for steering. The vehicle also pivoted while turning allowing it to lean into the turn for stability. It sat lower than a motorcycle, yet had an egg-shaped cabin, or ****pit, and large clear canopy to keep it's two occupants dry. Also, it had a large single windshield wiper for use in inclimate weather.

    I'd like to find out as much information on this concept vehicle as possible as far
    as; the company that made it, where the vehicle & video might be at this point in time, was there more than one of these vehicles produced, and might it, or they, be available for purchase. If you can remember anything about this vehicle, please feel free to email me at
    msr4iam@msn.com.

    Thank you,

    Mark S. Reinert
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    This the 1963 Shopper's Runabout. Is this what you are looking for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by msr4iam
    To Whom It May Concern:

    I definitelty need your help with this, if at all possible. I seem to
    remember a certain golden, egg-shaped 3-wheeled concept vehicle being on display in what I think was Epcot Center's Innovations: The Road to Tomorrow Palivian during the parks infantcy. (And, No. I didn't see any goose. LOL)

    There was an actual life-sized vehicle on display, and a video that was also being shown on a screen behind the display. As I remember, this vehicle was gas driven and had wheels; two in the rear to drive the vehicle, and a single wheel in front for steering. The vehicle also pivoted while turning allowing it to lean into the turn for stability. It sat lower than a motorcycle, yet had an egg-shaped cabin, or ****pit, and large clear canopy to keep it's two occupants dry. Also, it had a large single windshield wiper for use in inclimate weather.

    I'd like to find out as much information on this concept vehicle as possible as far
    as; the company that made it, where the vehicle & video might be at this point in time, was there more than one of these vehicles produced, and might it, or they, be available for purchase. If you can remember anything about this vehicle, please feel free to email me at
    msr4iam@msn.com.

    Thank you,

    Mark S. Reinert
    How about this one:

    The GM Lean Machine was developed by Frank Winchell of General Motors (USA) in the early 1980's as a concept car. The single seater vehicle is a "lean" machine in the true sense of the word as it leans into corners like a motorcycle whilst keeping the stability of a normal car. The original model was powered by a 15 hp 2-cylinder engine that produced a maximum speed of 80 mph with a fuel economy of 80 mpg at 40 mph. Shortly afterwards a second model was produced that was powered by a larger 38 hp engine. With a total body weight of 159kg this gave the vehicle outstanding performance and the Lean Machine was able to reach 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds with a fuel economy of over 200 mpg.

    For the futuristic 1993 movie "Demolition Man" starring Sylvestor Stalone and Wesley Snipes the GM Lean Machine was one of seventeen concept cars produced by General Motors to be featured in the film with an insurance value of $69 million.

    Another 3-wheeled concept car by GM is the "Runabout". The vehicle had a front wheel that could turn 180 degress to allow parking in the tightest of spots and the rear end of the car contained two detachable shopping trolleys with wheels that would fold away when the trolley was parked in the vehicle.


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    wow...with one of those I could afford to drive to disney every day! throw in an XM and I am good to go.

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    If it was the GM concept car, it was probably on display at the exit of World of Motion.
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    I think he's looking for the GM lean machine (above). I've seen it on Discovery or something to where it's still around and if I'm not mistaken, being used amongst big city transits.. never seen one though.

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    Both of those look awesome...The GM Machine would be my choice and would be fun to drive as well.

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    Some GM vehicles are on Display at Innoventions as well. Just don't remember which ones were there then.

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