Page 16. 1960 Krause Picollo Trumpf


Is it a scooter? Is it a moped? Is it a triporteur?

Well, with an IWL scooter front end mated to a Krause 3-wheeled chassis and a Simpson 49cc engine, I suppose it’s all three.

Although, according to the translation of the German Krause website, it is in fact a ‘Piccolo Play the Trump Card Patient Elevator’ 🙂


‘Rarities, obscurities and oddities’ is the theme of my vintage collection. This 1960 Krause Picollo Trumpf Type 5 ticks all the boxes.

I bought it in Germany. I’d not previously come across one, but an email via the superb Rumcars forum to Stuart Cyphus, the invalid carriage expert, soon established its pedigree. Coincidentally he had recently received a copy of the Picollo Trumpf brochure (reproduced below) from Robin Spalding. So I managed to identify it and research it further without any delay.


The Trumpf not only looks odd, it is very odd (and downright dangerous) to drive. The controls are on a bar and, being an invalid carriage, it has a brake fail-safe which is that when the bar is pushed forward it operates the brakes. However, the throttle also rolls forward to accelerate – so while you’re holding onto the bar at the logical place, the throttle grip, it’s very easy to accelerate while trying to stop!


The rear-end is not at all scooterish; in fact, its little boot reminds me of the tricycle I owned as a child. I think I probably got more speed out of that tricycle too.


There is quite an informative website for Krause vehicles. Of course, it’s in German, so I put it through a free internet translation service. The result is pure joy…

As you can read below, Krause Picollo Trumpf became a ‘PICOLLO PLAY THE TRUMP CARD’ and the model became a ‘patient elevator!’



1960 Krause Picollo Trumpf Model 5, with Simson engine (similar to the more common Krause Simson Duo)


I’ve not owned an invalid car before. But with its spectacular scooter front end, I just couldn’t resist this one.


There’s something I’ve never understood about 3-wheeled invalid cars: small 3-wheelers are notoriously unstable. So why give them to handicapped people – the very folks who would have the greatest difficulty in getting out of them if (ie when) they topple over? My friend Geoff worked for Kennards Motorcycles in Seaford when he was young, and this company had the local council contract for recovering 3-wheel invalid carriages when they fell over. His stories do not bear repeating.


The previous owner of this Krause told me that he nearly killed himself driving it when he was road-testing it out of curiosity. In this case, it was not because of poor stability, but the fact that the control arm contains both the throttle and the brake, and the two can easily be confused.


It will be collected from him in Germany next week. So I’ll be able to try it out for myself in a week or two.





The Krause is now safely back in Brighton. I’ve tidied it up a bit but not had time to do much else to it yet.





I took the Krause (and 2 vanloads of vintage scooters) to the Amberley Scooter/ Microcar show recently. So here’s a picture of its public debut, with my row of scooters behind.


I’ll load some more photos of the Amberley Show onto

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