Been there, got that



I was interested in Helen Knight’s piece ‘Slimline Tonic’ on narrow lightweight cars (Feature, 11 February).



But as with most things the idea is not new. I have a Phanomobile made in 1909 near Dresden.



It seats two adults side by side and weighs only 300kg; power is from a 790cc V twin engine which does about 60mpg.



The tiller steering is, however, quite challenging, and top speed is more dependent on driver bravery than engine power.



Chris Rolph
Northampton