There are some really awesome vintage three wheelers out there that you may have never even heard of, along with some others that are still running up and down the trail today. Many people are familiar with Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and even Manco. While you may be familiar with those models, there are some others out there. Let’s look at some of the popular and unusual vintage three wheelers.
Honda: Just about everyone in the word is familiar, at least to some extent, with the Honda ATC. They made several sizes, including a youth model 70cc and the workhorse of the day, the Honda Big Red. They were made so well, that you’ll still see them out on the trail today, 25 plus years after production ceased. If you are looking to find vintage three wheelers for sale, you will not have to look hard to find an old Honda ATC for sale. A simple look on Craigslist or eBay will generally yield tons of results. Just take a look and see what you can find. You’ll be surprised.
Yamaha: The Tri-Z models were really popular in the 80’s. Back in the 80’s, Honda had a stranglehold on the vintage three wheeler market. Yamaha, however, was able to establish a quality following, due to engines that produced high rates of speed, for the time. Honda was clearly number one, at least at that time, with Yamaha a relatively distant second place. The other makers, like Suzuki, Kawasaki, and even Polaris (yes, Polaris did get their start by making these), were all fighting for the scraps. You’ll notice, as you look for vintage three wheelers for sale, that you find mostly Honda ATC models, followed by Yamaha, and then a smattering of others.
SnowCo: A vintage three wheeler collector would like something like this in his collection, so if you see one for sale cheap, pick it up. These things were downright goofy. They looked a bit like a cross between an actual vintage three wheeler and a homemade go kart. Most models came equipped with a puny little 5 horsepower motor. At the time, I suppose that was sufficient. This company seemed destined for the tank. With model names like the “scat” (yep, sort of like poop), it’s easy to see why they folded in the 70’s, before the big boom. Still, it is a piece of history when you see one of these great vintage three wheelers.