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Wagon Wednesday: Ft. Lauderdale Auctions America 2015 Edition
The Longroofs and The Micro Cars

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In honor of Wagon Wednesday here in the Hooniverse, this olelongrooffan thought I would share with my fellow Hoons some of the longroofs I spotted over at Auctions America a couple of weeks ago. There really was a mere handful of them there and they all were from the mid 50’s and mostly of the Ford variety. There was not one from the 60’s nor the 70’s that I remember spotting anyway. You can see one of those longroofs, with that lovely clam shell rear opening in this lede image but my fellow Hoons will need to make the jump to see the others and oh yeah, the micro cars.

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This olelongrooffan has stated on more than one occasion, I ‘ll be out and about and see a pretty cool car and then a short whiles later, I’ll spot one just like it or very similar. It happened to me again with this BMW 600. I had spotted one a few weeks prior at a car show up in the City of Palms a couple burgs north of my hometown. At that time, I don’t believe I had ever seen one in the flesh previously and now I see another. It may be the same as they are the same colors but, mdharrel, how many different colors did these non Isetta 600’s come with? It was pretty cool but not quite as cool as a Goggomobil.

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Yeah, that’s correct. A Goggomobil and not just any plain jane Goggomobil. No my fellow Hoons, this one is a racecar. And it is badged with this olelongrooffan’s favorite number. Sadly, no full on image of that Metropolitan was recorded by this olelongrooffan that day. But I do remember that one from a few years ago that was featured in a Coca~Cola commercial up in Hotlanta.

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Look at that driver lineup! I’m sure my fellow older Hoons will recognize that name on the bottom. Yes, former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite was an aspiring sports car driver and even co-drove a Lancia in the 1959 12 Hours of Sebring. I have not been able to locate any evidence he drove this Goggomobil but someone, somewhere had to come up with this idea. Works for me as I did not even know prior to seeing this that Uncle Walter raced cars back in the day.

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There wasn’t a badge to be seen on that Goggomobil but this olelongrooffan recognized it all the same. Yeah, that bit of information and a fin will get me Starbuck’s latte, should I be so inclined to do so. Also in the above image, just behind that Metropolitan and Goggomobil is a run of the mile Isetta and just to the right in this image is a pretty sweet TR6 if one is into those things. The Goggomobil left the Auction Block garnering a $20,900.00 sales price, including fees. As an aside, did any of my fellow Hoons see that post over on Hemmings the other day comparing the Nash Metropolitan to the Geo Metro? I found it pretty interesting and you might also.

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There was another longroof spotted by this olelongrooffan that day and it was this wood clad Country Squire representing those from Hurricane Hall. This was a sweet longroof but I have never been a fan of tudor wagons although there are plenty of folks who appreciate them a lot. But then again, woodies can make up for a lot of otherwise shortcomings.

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And while it is neither a micro car or a longroof, this Fiat Jolly just needed to be included because this Toy Car for the Rich and Famous back in the day surely can’t be disregarded. And there were two of them there in the Port of The Everglades that sunny south Florida day.

Hang in there my fellow Hoons, the EuroClassics are on their way.

Images Copyright Hooniverse/2015 longrooffan

  • “…how many different colors did these non Isetta 600’s come with?”

    They were available in several colors but there are also some with custom paint.

    http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/AutoShowBMW600.jpg

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    That looks like a white ’57 Skyliner in the distance with a black and red ’59 next to it. I’m surprised their tops aren’t raised halfway for display.

    Also, although it is on the large end of scale, the Jolly is recognized by the Vintage Microcar Club.

    • longrooffan

      That is usually the way I see Skyliners on display as well.

      • Same thing with any automotive doors which don’t pivot on conventional hinges. See rows of modified VWs parked outside WalMart with their (useless) “Lambo” doors open for further info.

        • At the annual convention of the International Ford Retractable Club a few years (ahem, over two decades…) ago, there was talk of parking a row of identical cars with their tops stopped in a progression of positions from fully up to fully down. It didn’t happen because (1) there weren’t quite enough identical examples for a properly impressive display and (2) nobody was sure how good it would be for the mechanisms to be left in the various intermediate positions for an extended period. In particular the arm attachment at the base of the rear window frequently becomes weakened with age. I don’t know whether it’s been tried since.

          • Vairship

            If you run past it while blinking, it’ll look like a movie!