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RENAULT Twizy Cargo

30 September 2013

I m caught in the of moving house at the moment, is a colossal pain in the backside almost every angle. Our is now buried beneath boxes and and we ve barely scratched the surface. My brain is only gradually the vast amount of stuff we ve since we last upped a decade ago.

Back we squashed everything into a Luton Transit van. to manage in a single trip, I we re going to need a pantechnicon the of the Ark Royal. And yet still I m persuading that we ll shift it all ourselves. My half asserts that is because I m in denial, unwilling to I m an adult who ought to call in the

And no doubt she also suspects, she knows me too well, that it s I want to drive the van.

Let s hope she doesn t catch me the used stock list at Vans. totting up what of white-panelled wonder I could buy of throwing cash at a removal That s right, rather do what grownups do and sort out, I m sitting here at my laptop and compiling my top five commercial vehicles. Which, I to admit, all seem to be on the small and thus no use at all in my current predicament.

5. Ape

Sadly not named in honour of our close relatives with on their feet, the Piaggio is after the Italian word for bee , ah-pay . No doubt something to do the noise, given that the Ape is basically a rasping Italian swathed in the ramshackle clothing of a pickup or rickshaw.

Produced in various versions 1948, the Ape is narrow, slow and but all the more appealing for that. It can be had in with a steering wheel or and with engines as small as Never a strong seller in the UK, here peaked at just 300 a decade ago.

Among that I see on the road, most to be devoted to the business of selling coffee.

4. Daihatsu Midget

The Midget (not to be confused insignificant MG sports cars of the name) was a Japanese counterpart to the combining a tricycle scooter a basic body, produced 1957 to 1972. The name was in 1996 for a tiny, narrow, kei-car commercial vehicle. a three-cylinder 660cc engine just 30bhp, the Midget was fast which didn t it appearing in the PlayStation Gran game, for those with the to nurse it all the way around a lap.

As a commercial vehicle it clearly on its qualities as a nippy urban given that the cargo was small enough to warrant the spare wheel on the nose. may explain why, despite all the versions sitting in PlayStations the land, only a handful of have ever made it to the UK in the

3. Bedford Racscal/Suzuki Super

With a mid-engined layout, drive and a live axle to the Bedford Rascal and its Suzuki Carry clone promised an driving experience. Which was the case when I first one, to shift a load of in the early 1990s. Empty, the lightweight little van had more enough poke from its engine to get the rear wheels to smoothly out on a tight roundabout. full of broken bricks an later, it didn t so much to step out as tip over.

It was fun, in hindsight at least, and I didn t stop to think frontal crash protection at the After all, the crumple is that space in front of the where you slide your

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Once a common sight the and breadth of Britain, the Rascal is now an species, with only 500 left in the wild.

2. Mini Van

The BMW Mini Clubman has spawned a edition, aimed at trendy that need to deliver small things. But for my money the Austin and Morris Mini and pickup trucks are still the

The tiny, tinny Mini like nothing else and I the commercial variants were as capable of gluing a smile to face, though alas I ve ever driven a Mini Not ideally suited to moving objects, the marginally more Mini variants were for the kind of tradesman who simply to carry tools and the like. And a very short ladder.

1. Twizy Cargo

The extraordinary Twizy Cargo makes the van look like a warehouse on With a boot best to delivering cupcakes one at a time, s least capacious commercial is not going to win any prizes for versatility. if it means you can put the weird and wonderful electric runabout through the books, then that s OK by me. The two-seat electric car sacrifices one pew in of practicality, but misses by a mile.

Utterly pointless but endlessly


What commercial vehicle you choose, if your spouse let you get away with it?

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