Orange and angular; tiny and likely very, very slow; associated with two obscure brands and one very well-known one. It’s trippier than ‘Tussin and leaves a trail of blue smoke. VW Thing owners will puff out their chests and pat the fenders, proud that theirs is no longer the ugliest cheapo German car on the block. As they say in Bavaria, “bilden Sie meine eine BMW-Lloyd-Goggomobil jagdwagen!”
As stated in the eBay ad, BMW did indeed buy Glas and thus their small-car lines as well, which included the Lloyd, Hansa, Borgward, and Goliath intellectual property. Apparently the newest BMW employees at the Glas plant had a sense of humor, affixing a custom fiberglass jagdwagen (hunting car) body of sorts to a spare Goggomobil chassis, and then gluing a BMW roundel to the comical nose. I don’t think BMW was too upset about it, because they were too busy assembling coffins for the Glas brands to notice a funny little one-off most likely used as a factory parts-getter (not unlike MG’s Old Speckled Hen, actually, except much much uglier).
Seeing as how it doesn’t look significantly different than a Taylor-Dunn factory cart, I’m not sure this is the sort of wild attention-attracting thing that’s “perfect to advertise your small business!” with, as pretty much every eBay seller of some stupid and impractical vehicle will optimistically bleat. But if you love microcars, Goggomobils in particular, seek a physician’s help immediately after bidding on this.
eBay Insanity: Certifiably Goggomobil Edition
$3500 and the reserve has not been met…I think, not!
Although admittedly just as douchey to own, I would rather have this…for roughly the same money.
Almost as ugly, but probably more powerful, and might be slightly more fun to drive…
<img src="http://www.californiaclassix.com/images3/c654-shifter-thumb.jpg">"Ferrari-like, gated shifter"
Anywhere you're going mein schotzie.
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I just checked with Uwe Staufenberg of goggomobil.com to see what he knows about this. He confirms the story in the listing, but adds that it is "the most ugly thing I have ever seen here on earth" which, to me, considerably enhances its appeal.
Still, Goggos can be added to the list of "Didn't those used to be cheap?" so I expect this one to go for quite a bit (or fall short of the reserve in the attempt). I only hope it doesn't end up in the hands of someone who's just shopping for a chassis to slide under a Dart replica. The world has plenty of those but only one of these.
By the way, am I alone in thinking that this thing is Bavaria's answer to the Crosley Farm-O-Road?
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I also have to wonder whether this one-off is the inspiration for the later limited-production AWS Shopper, also built on a Goggomobil chassis.
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I'd rather have a Crosley Farm-o-Road, a Suzuki Brute or a Citroen Mehari. This abomination should not be called a BMW, a Glas or a Goggomobil.
This is what I see when I think Goggomobil, or look in the driveway: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3131/2386916650_be…
I see a Glas 2600GT Frua or an Isar sedan when I think Glas, and a 502 sedan or 2002 when I think BMW.
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