It’s the Dolo Type JB 10. Those who saw it at the Paris Motor Show in 1946 where it had its debut were told it was the next big thing in small cars.
Its manufacturer, BDG, spent a year raising funds to put it into production and went back to the Paris Salon in ’47 with the first finished car. Then in 1948 two Type JBs toured France spreading the Dolo word.
It was all in vain, though surprisingly BDG and its Dolo fell in a heap not because everyone ran away from the car screaming when they saw it, but more because making the car proved much too difficult. Dolo quickly went the way of the dodo.
Proving you can’t always judge a car by its appearance, the Dolo was, in fact, advanced for its time. It was front-wheel drive, had a light alloy body on a steel box chassis, and uniquely featured a Plexiglas canopy offering 360-degree visibility. The structure was said to be impressively rigid and with an all-up weight of 400kg it could top out at 75mph.
Now we can see this one (the only survivor) is not in the best shape and lacks a few essentials, like an engine, but, well, it’s still definitely odd-looking – odd enough, in fact, to be sought-after.