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The Triation - Click above for high-res image gallery

Some creations out there defy description, walking the thin line between absurdity and awesome toed by the likes of the Volkswagen Type II flatbed and the Tatra T87. This is one such machine. Branded "Triation" by its wayward creator, this ride seemingly mates all the hatefulness of the Chevrolet Celebrity with a propensity for rollovers typically enjoyed only by the Reliant Robin. You see, the Triation uses a Celebrity's 2.5-liter four-cylinder to push itself down the road.

Why? You'd be better off spending your time pondering why there are no indigo skittles.

Along with three years of custom fabrication work, this project makes use of enough fiberglass to sustain the aftermarket body kit industry for posterity. The seller claims that the Triation has spent most of its life garaged since it needs a clutch. If the thought of fiberglass splinters and malaise-era reliability have you licking your chops, you'd better get on it. This machine is up to $4,700 with the reserve not met and a few hours left on the auction.


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      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      The headline seems to be correct, citing the Citation. The text specifies the Celebrity twice, however. Proofreading seems to be a lost art at some blogs. Of course, they both used the X platform, modified, updated and lengthened for the Celebrity, but the body panels on this trike are Citation.
        gnvlscdt23f
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        A quick read makes it sounds like they'd used the engine from a Celebrity. But a trip to the eBay listing makes it clear everything here that's OE is from a Citation. Bizarre.
          artandcolour2010
          • 3 Years Ago
          @gnvlscdt23f
          yeah, and the 2.5 I4 was used in both the Citation and Celebrity, so it's the same engine. I just wonder why nothing is ever corrected in the original posts here. When an error is pointed out in one of my blogs, I double/triple check it, then I correct it with a note of thanks to the one that pointed it out. Here, the mistake just stays in the post. Not much editorial integrity.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Jim in Tampa
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wait in anticipation for the performance version, the Triation "X".
        John S
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jim in Tampa
        Or the updated version call the Triation II.
          John S
          • 3 Years Ago
          @John S
          Not to mention rebadges such as the Trihawk, Threenix, and Omega-3.
      Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      yep, the Robin was the first thing I thought of when I saw that photo. If he gets that thing running, he better stay the hell away from Rowan Atkinson.
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually, aren't there indigo skittles in the Wild Berry pack?
      harlanx6
      • 3 Years Ago
      Having been one of the unfortunate who bought a new Chevy Citation in 1980, I applaud this guy for attempting to make something useful out of it. I remain skeptical of the results, but give this guy an "A" for effort.
      dw
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I remember right, most of those particular X cars ended up with one front wheel one way or another.
      dave and mary
      • 3 Years Ago
      Two dumbest things ever to happen in this entire world: a guy actually built this - but even dumber, people have BIDS in on it. I wouldn't take it if it were given to me.
      Blakkar
      • 3 Years Ago
      That might be a cool idea if it weren't a trike (reverse trike is preferred) and it weren't based on such a downer of a car. Otherwise, the workmanship looks very good. Kudos for that at least.
      brado
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a pushmi-pullyu !
      EJD1984
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just one question: WHY?
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EJD1984
        You know the video for Just by Radiohead? It's the one where a guy is lying in the middle of the sidewalk, and people keep asking him why he's lying there. At the end of the video, he finally tells them, and they all lie down on the sidewalk. He told them why this thing was made.
      Billion003
      • 3 Years Ago
      Much nicer than the original Citation.
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