Some years ago I was told that a wreck of a velomobile (”Kinneri” in finnish) was to be thrown away. I went to check this, not expecting too much. What I found was a sleeping beauty (and not a beast). I fell in love and rescued the lady to my garage.
She was built around 1950 somewhere in Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland. A boys’ magazine published the building instructions. Some tens of velomobiles were then built in barns and garages using innovative spare materials found in farms and recycled bike parts. Not many exist today.
I started a renovation project with my kids. We spent quite many evenings getting pieces apart, fixing, and trying to find acceptable materials and replacements. This was not a reconstruction operation by-the-book. A conservator would be terrified by our methods. We just wanted to fix this and enjoy rides. A friend (also a velomobile enthusiast) supported us to fix the steering mechanism.
We had a deadline. A gathering of old vehicles was taking place in one Saturday in June (Mobilia, Kangasala) and we wanted to drive in to the show. We were ready night before with fresh paint. She got name ”Ajatar 2”.
Ajatar 2 has had many great adventures. Due to the dimensions inside the ”cabin” an adult can’t drive her. Hence the velomobile is for kids only. And that is good.