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1959 GOGGOMOBIL DART

1959 GOGGOMOBIL DART

Palm Springs, CA

The Goggomobil was a microcar produced in the Bavarian (now German) town of Dingolfing after WW II by Hans Glas. It's a great example of what people can do when they are short on material and money, but not on brain-power. Postwar cars like Goggomobil, BMW's Isetta and the bubble car produced by Messerschmitt were all tiny contraptions which now all have a large following and many very active clubs around the world. They are appreciated today as much for their original design as for their special flavor; to a generation born after WW II, they said, simply, "Fun!" As for the Goggomobils, there was a conventional-looking four passenger two-door sedan and a very sleek sports coupé. The air-cooled engine was originally 250cc but was increased to 395cc and produced a throbbing 20 horsepower. It had an electric pre-selective transmission and a manual clutch, quite advanced features for the time, and especially for the price. The engine was behind the rear wheels which lent to sporty handling, much-appreciated by Europeans, where horsepower is the necessary "ticket" to enter the American marketplace. Goggomobil produced cars from 1955 to 1969. Glas also produced the highly rated Goggomobil motor scooter. Between 1957 and 1961 some 700 sports cars called Goggomobil Dart were produced under license by Buckle Motors in Sydney, Australia. The car in these photos taken at the Desert Classic is one of those rare "Dart" models. Obviously, the car needs much work, but the 'fun' quotient can't be denied.

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