So, a few weeks ago this olelongrooffan attended an absolutely overwhelming car show here in the World Center of Racing. I gathered up nearly 300 images and I am still sorting through them. As nobody seems to be interested in trailers this Tuesday morning, this olelongrooffan thought I might share some of the micro cars that made an appearance that Saturday.
First up is a Goggomobil. I identified this car from a distance and my buddy RJ couldn’t believe I knew what it was. He had never seen one previously. As I commented at the time, “Yeah, just a little bit of automotive trivia that will never earn me one red cent.”
This one is a TS coupe. According to our friend Wiki, some of these were imported into the States with the 400cc motors installed, versus the 250 and 300’s produced in Bavaria for Euro consumption.
The snout on this thing reminds me of yet another classic, the first gen Edsel.
I also spotted this Amphicar. This thing is a real trip. One of the first cars that were also boats that was offered to the general public. I know the Army had their ducks but you really just couldn’t go buy one of those. Again, according to all things Wiki, 3,878 were produced between 1961 and 1965. A unique thing about these vehicles is that they were titled in the year they were sold. That is a car built in 1964 and first sold in 1968 was titled as a 1968. Remember that when trying to get parts at AutoZone.
Another thing to remember is that althought these boats were built in Germany, they came equipped with a 1,147cc engine from a British Triumph Herald. One more thing, if you happen to be at Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio the fourth week in July, try to attend the annual “swim in” for these cars.
The last micro car I spotted was yet another one of Slavic origin. A BMW Isetta. The Isetta was first produced by the Italian firm Iso in the early 1950’s. Later, its design was licensed out to other manufacturers around the world. BMW was one of them.
The early BMW Isetta’s produced a whopping 13 horsepower from its 247cc motorcycle engine. Not quite an “M” but still a damn cool little car.
Image Copyright Hooniverse 2012/longrooffan