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For sale: ten-foot Honda trike

Working replica of a 1987 Honda ATC three-wheeler

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Sep. 23, 2008
A ten-foot tall ‘to scale’ Honda trike is one of the more unusual vehicles for sale at the World’s Greatest Collector Car Event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. from Oct 15-18.

The three-wheeled ‘Thunderous Cyclops’ is the brainchild of builder Clifford Smith. A replica of the 1987 Honda ATC trike, the Cyclops took Smith a year and a half to build.

Smith used 66-inch tires, three times the size of the 22-inch tires used in the original 1987 ATC, as a reference to determine the size of the entire replica. The frame is made of four and five-inch drill pipe and weighs about a ton. It had been stress relieved at 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit in an oven at Odessa, Texas. The bodywork is made of fiberglass.

To complete the illusion, the Cyclops comes with a 15-foot inflatable rider. The actual driver sits in a compartment hidden between the blow-up man’s legs. An on-board TV allows the driver to see in front of the Cyclops from a camera hidden in the giant headlight composed of nine halogen lights.

Honda pioneered the motorcycle airbag, but this probably wasn't what they had in mind.The Thunderous Cyclops is powered by a 489-cubic inch Keith Black Chrysler Hemi engine at the front and an 1100cc engine from a Honda Shadow at the rear. The water-cooled Honda engine, with a claimed output of 78hp, can drive the Cyclops at speeds up to 43 mph. Switching to the Hemi engine, with a claimed output of 1,200hp, the Cyclops can be used to pull tractors and drag race monster cars in exhibitions.

The Thunderous Cyclops is just one of the rare and unusual vehicles available at the World’s Greatest Collector Car Event, an automotive lifestyle event organized by the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. The auction house has previously produced the World’s Greatest Collector Car Events in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Palm Beach, Fla.

“Barrett-Jackson has broadened the definition of a collector vehicle over the years,” says Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “We were the first to embrace muscle cars, hot rods and customs. Now, the unusual vehicles we sold, like Robosaurus and the Monster Garage cars, have opened a new genre that will expand in Las Vegas.”

Other vehicles taking part in the Las Vegas event include car racing legend Carroll Shelby’s first race car, a 1949 MG TC. General Motors will auction 20 vehicles at the event as part of the company’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

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