Crazy Homebuilt Tricycle Is Half Nissan Versa And Half-Sized

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We spoke to the owner to find out why someone might want to do this to a Versa.

People whip up some pretty wild project cars in their free time. A Polish company put a Bentley engine in a Nissan once. Hell, a real-life automotive company actually produced the Reliant Robin. But what you're looking at here is basically the inverse done with a Japanese twist: A 2007 Nissan Versa, sans one wheel and three seats.

The car was listed on Facebook Marketplace and is a masterpiece of backyard engineering. After the amount of interest the autocycle received, its owner has decided to take the listing down. Before he did, the owner was willing to let it go for $3,500, which made it the cheapest way to shut down your local cars and coffee we've seen in a while. We spoke to the owner, Dan Cota, to learn more about his wild creation.

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Dan was a welder right out of high school, something he says he only did "for two years back in 1975." Still, he says that helped. Dan loves the concept of the inverted 3-wheel autocycle but said he couldn't afford to drop the cash on one. So, he did it himself. This isn't his first attempt either.

Dan has had a hobby of custom vehicle production for a while. Now retired, he says he largely does it because of his short stature. At 4'2", Cota says that " almost anything I want, I have to customize." That, plus Cota's fascination with autocycles led him to build the creations you see below. Cota had built a string of custom bikes beforehand, including a custom Honda Goldwing. Evidently, that led to the building of the Versa autocycle.

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Cota says the Versa's unique rear wheel assembly was custom made from a "swing arm assembly that I built for a custom Honda Goldwing sidecar." It also makes this what may be the only Nissan Versa with inboard suspension. Underneath the custom bodywork is basically anything the Versa needs to go forwards that doesn't fit under the hood. It being front-driven, the car's fuel tank is just about the only major mechanical item under the bodywork at the rear.

Cota also put all of the wiring for the lights, as well as the swing arm's supports under the rear assembly. Of course, the exhaust lives here too. Cota didn't say, but we imagine it's to keep the Versa from sounding like it had its catalytic converters stolen.

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You may have noticed that the Versa's interior is largely stock (save for the Targa-like driving experience). Cota's short stature meant he needed to modify the pedal box a little. Basically, he built extensions so that he could reach the car's pedals. Of course, had he sold the car, the next owner likely would have had to undo some of Cota's creative engineering.

Regardless, Cota is happy to hold onto the car for now. "the responses range from 'What the f--k is that,' to 'Oh my God,' so I've decided to take it off the market and keep modifying it."

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