Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pick Of The Day: 1938 Tractor-cycle by J. Lehaitre


The tractor-cycle is a motorcycle equipped with a belt instead of the conventional wheels. Even though it looks kind of unstable standing on its belt, the "tractor-cycle" is said to have superior climbing and crossing capabilities compared to a normal motorcycle. It was invented in 1938 by J. Lehaitre in Paris, France.

Here's the original text describing this unusual machine from Modern Mechanix, issue: February, 1938 :

"Belt Drive Replaces Wheels On Novel Motorcycle

DEVELOPED primarily for operation over rough ground, a new type of motorcycle invented by J. Lehaitre, of Paris, France, features a tractor-type drive belt as its means of locomotion in place of conventional wheels. Named the “tractor-cycle” by the inventor, the novel vehicle is said to be superior to an ordinary motorcycle in its ability to climb steep and rough grades, although its speed on level ground is limited to about 25 m.p.h. Steering is accomplished by handlebars which control a sideways motion of the drive belt.

The tractor-cycle could easily be adapted for military use, as depicted on the cover of this issue by a Modern Mechanix artist. Fitted with a machine gun, the cycle could be used by dispatch riders or entire military units to travel over shell-torn terrain. "








[Source: Modern Machanix]
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2 comments:

  1. Looks like this is really perfect for rough roads and mountains. Is there any like this nowadays?

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  2. I don't think so... But as soon as I find something, i'll update this post!

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