Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Pair (!) of Goggomobil Projects

Looking for something completely different? How about a pair? If so, this is your lucky day.

Goggomobils were officially imported into the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s by a company called Continental Car Combine. (They were also the folks who imported Skodas into the US during the same time period.) Very few were sold here and it's not too hard to see why...

These are tiny, slow cars. Both the sedan and the coupe came with rear mounted, air cooled, 2 cylinder, two stroke engines. The 1958 sedan's engine was a whopping 296ccs. It had a top speed of under 60 MPH. If it made it to 60, it took 30 seconds to get there. (Count that out in your head and imagine trying to merge onto a highway in the late 1950s with all the behemoth US cars whizzing by you. Yikes!) The coupe most likely had a 392cc engine in it. It had a top speed of around 65. I couldn't find any 0-60 times, but I assume it's not whole lot quicker than the sedan.

Both of these cars are serious projects. Both have quite a bit of rust(although most of it looks like surface rust) and the coupe is missing it's engine. (I'll refrain from the "not that you'll notice" jokes here.)

Micro car fans love Goggomobils and I suspect there are quite a few parts available for these if you know where to look.

The Goggomobil was not the most practical car ever sold in the US, but it's a neat piece of history. Restore these, bring them to an import car show, and you'll get as much attention as the Ferraris, Lamborghinis and all the other exotics in the show do.

Located in Galatia, IL, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Jon for sending me the link to these cars.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Inspiration:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luvkcP0mkgA
Radial engined drag car

Sean SL said...

For German bubble cars, they were among the most refined.

They are 50's equivalent of the Smart Car.