French laws encourage tiny moped-powered cars that seem hardly bigger than fleas. The 1978 Flipper was one the oddest of the lot. Shopping trolley styling combined with a 47cc engine that was attached to a pair of very narrow-set front wheels. These could turn, engine and all, through 360 degrees. An indicator on the dashboard told you which direction the wheels were pointing - otherwise you could end up anywhere. And if the engine ran out of puff, which it often did, bicycle pedals were provided for the driver to add his own energy.