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Thury-Nussberger

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The Swiss M. Thury and M.R. Nussberger built their first three-wheeler in 1878.  At that point in time, both of them were still studying at the Societe Genevoise d'Instruments de Physique in Geneva.  The three-wheeler was powered by a steam engine and seated four, who sat two-by-two back-to back.  The two-cylinder ran on coal.

At full throttle, the engine delivered 12 bhp at 350 rpm.  The three-wheeler did not have a gearbox and the rear wheels were driven by chains.  With a full 80 litre water tank the vehicle had a top speed of 31 mph (50 kph).

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