Sidecars and some crude tricycle conversions became more widespread in Brazil in the last 10 years, mostly based on low-displacement motorcycles and catering to commercial operators but, due to the skyrocketing fuel costs and the scarcity of parking spots on the streets, the lower fuel consumption and smaller footprint have turned these alternatives more attractive to private users too. Once again the lack of weather protection is somewhat undesirable, but it still doesn't outweight the savings. While it's still more usual to see it used to deliver bottled water and propane, the popular perception of this device as a makeshift is quickly fading away. The outrageous prices of a brand-new car is also leading sidecars to become an alternative for novice motorcycle users looking for a small boost to the passenger capacity at a total cost that remains proportionately lower.
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This used to be a Brazilian Volkswagen Kombi that had been converted into an ambulance when it was still brand-new, then donated to the Santa Casa de Misericórdia (Holy House of Mercy) medical center in my hometown. The company that donated the Kombi was involved on illegal gambling scams and got bankrupt, and then it couldn't be registered for traffic on public roads, so it spent its 20 years only doing short runs from the hospitals of the Santa Casa's compound to its morgue.
The extra filler cap on the left side, set lower and further back comparing to the right-side one, was due to the small auxiliary tank that held gasoline for cold starts. Now it has no engine, so it wouldn't even justify being called a food-truck, but became quite attractive as a donuts stand.