The Rolux VB60 or Baby was a French micro car manufactured by the Rolux company between 1945 and 1952. It was powered by a 100cc two stroke air cooled engine mounted behind the driver with a chain drive to the rear axle. However it did have 4 forward gears – but no reverse.

 It weighed only 145kg and the 4.5hp engine could push it along at a maximum 50 km/hr, At only 1.1 metres wide it would have been quite cosy for the two occupants on the single bench seat.

And small enough to take for a coffee!

More interesting facts from the 1935 Automobile Association Guide and Handbook

Although the open road speed limit in 1935 was 40 miles per hour ( 64 km/h), and town speed limit was 25 mph (40 km/h), local authorities were able to set their own limits and traffic regulations

The Auckland City speed limit was the same as that set nationally, 25 mph, however drivers were also required to observe a speed limit of 10 mph through intersections, and walking pace around all corners! If you happened to stray across into Glen Eden borough there was a speed limit of 15 mph in the main shopping street.

Wellington City also had a speed limit of 25 mph, with a limit of 20 mph through tunnels, and 15 mph past schools and hospitals, and intersections without unobstructed views of the traffic on other streets entering that intersection

Confused? Then how about this unusual Wellington parking regulation: no parking was allowed on any street, private street or public place for longer than 30 minutes between the hours of 3am and 6 am. The only exception was for medical practitioners attending a patient

Negotiating Auckland corners at walking pace – the car that is..