2011 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction

Lot 28 1961 Tippen Delta MkIV 3-Wheeler Roadster

Guiding Range

$10,000 - $14,000

  • Engine:197cc
  • Gearbox:4 Speed Manual
  • Body work:Roadster
  • Colour:2 Tone Green
  • Interior:Black
  • Trim:Vinyl
  • Wheels:Steel Discs
Tippen Delta MkIV 3-Wheeler Roadster
Tippen Delta MkIV 3-Wheeler Roadster
Tippen Delta MkIV 3-Wheeler Roadster
Tippen Delta MkIV 3-Wheeler Roadster


For those feeling the after-effects of War, the ability to get around with some form of normalcy was essential. Demand for relatively simple, small carriages was increasing, and several companies created what were known as 'Invalid Carriages'. One such company was Frank Tippen & Sons of Coventry in the United Kingdom, who introduced the motorised, three-wheeled Delta range in 1955. One of the first such vehicles that could be fully enclosed, the Delta was refined with several 'Mark' upgrades in its 13-year production run. They used fibreglass bodies with a sliding door to enable easy entry and exit, and utilised hand controls for throttle and steering. Towards the end of the Sixties, a Delta could be had with electric power.
A change in the UK's road laws saw vehicles such as the Delta be deemed illegal for road use- consequently few survive today.

Auction Conditions of Business

Buyer Fee
For this auction an Administration Purchase Fee of $500 (GST inc) per motor vehicle and $250 (GST inc) per motorcycle is payable by all purchasers.Memorabilia and number plates do not incur a buyer fee.

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