Here are some of my favorite microcars.
The Goggomobil Coupe is at the top of my list of favorite micro cars.
It's not the most valuable. It's not the most interesting. It's just cool.
This Goggo Coupe is owned by Charles Gould. It's one of my favorite Goggo Coupes.
Someday, I hope to talk Charles out of this car.
Here it is at the Gould's show.
On a drive at the Gould's show.
Talk about rare, it's said that only seven of these Goggomobil Cabrios were ever made from the factory.
Many coupes have been cut down to make convertibles.
This is the Goggomobil Dart. This car was built in Australia by Bill Buckle of Buckle Motors. Buckle was importing Goggomobils into Australia from Germany, but the taxes were killing him. He got the idea to only import the chassis and drivetrains and to build the bodies himself. He built fiberglass bodies for the Goggo Coupes and Limousines (sedans) that looked just like the steel bodies of the German cars. The Dart was different. He designed the Dart body himself and fit it to a Goggo Limousine chassis.
Only about 700 Darts were made. The bodies survived fairly well, but most chassis are badly rusted.
Darts are hard to come by in Australia and nearly impossible to find in the U.S. Some very rare Darts, like this one, were made with a small door only on the driver's side.
This Dart was available to drive at Micros in Madison 2007, but it broke down.
This Dart is owned by my friend, Gary. I've had the pleasure of riding in this car with Gary. One of the great things about being a passenger in a Dart is that everyone thinks you are the one driving (because it's a right hand drive car and the passenger is on the left).
The Isetta was designed by a refrigerator company. Like a fridge, it has only one door and it's right on the front. All Isettas had a sunroof. It was the escape hatch, in case of a front end collision. This one happens to be a Cabriolet model, having a soft back window that drops like a convertible top.
This is a Messerschmitt Roadster built by the famed airplane company. That's me and my wife, Amy, at the Micros in Madison show in 2007 at the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum.
The BMW 600 is like the Isetta's big brother. The 600 seats four, compared to only two in the Isetta. The front entry is the same as the Isetta, but the 600 also has one right side door for access to the rear seat. This particular BMW 600 is a US export model as noted by the larger 7" headlights.
This BMW 600 is a Euro-spec model with the smaller 5" headlights compared to the 7" headlights on the US export model shown above. Also note the difference in the front bumpers.
1965 Scootacar Mark2 owned and restored by Kerry & Linda Erendson. That's Kerry driving the Scootacar.