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  • 1958 Goggomobil DART
    Buckle 2 5 litre Coupe resulted in 1957 Using mostly Zephyr MK II components supplemented by numerous performance modifications the car was successful in racing The excellent quality of fiberglass work was particularly noteworthy However a mere 20 cars were produced In the meantime it was found that the punishing import taxes imposed by Australia could be considerably reduced by importing just a chassis Buckle became Goggomobil distributor for the country imported boatloads of chassis and built his own fiberglass copies of the standard steel shells For the most part they looked very similar but the Transporter took on a more rounded shape Buckle had the idea for a small open sports car based on the Goggo Coupe chassis and passed it on to local engineer Stan Brown a race car designer The result was a pretty two seater in the then current Lotus idiom As the tiny tight convertible top left but a very small opening to enter by a small door was offered on later models A rear hinged hardtop and the 400cc motor were also available The windscreen was a rear window from a Renault Dauphine Some 700 cars were built Manufacturer Buckle Motors Pty Ltd Sydney

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  • 1958 Goggomobil DART
    Buckle 2 5 litre Coupe resulted in 1957 Using mostly Zephyr MK II components supplemented by numerous performance modifications the car was successful in racing The excellent quality of fiberglass work was particularly noteworthy However a mere 20 cars were produced In the meantime it was found that the punishing import taxes imposed by Australia could be considerably reduced by importing just a chassis Buckle became Goggomobil distributor for the country imported boatloads of chassis and built his own fiberglass copies of the standard steel shells For the most part they looked very similar but the Transporter took on a more rounded shape Buckle had the idea for a small open sports car based on the Goggo Coupe chassis and passed it on to local engineer Stan Brown a race car designer The result was a pretty two seater in the then current Lotus idiom As the tiny tight convertible top left but a very small opening to enter by a small door was offered on later models A rear hinged hardtop and the 400cc motor were also available The windscreen was a rear window from a Renault Dauphine Some 700 cars were built Manufacturer Buckle Motors Pty Ltd Sydney

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  • 1955 (?) Grataloup
    prewar and the Mark IX Series A dates from 1926 A separate gearbox from a French Renee Gillet motorcycle is driven by chain A separate starter motor is connected by a leather link belt The clutch is connected by three belts and there is chain drive to the rear wheel Suspension is by leaf spring longitudinal at the rear and transverse in front Steering is by direct link to the

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  • 1951 Gutbrod Superior 600 Luxus
    the end result was based on a look of the Italian Fiat Topolino The car was practical and in good taste and still priced less than a Volkswagen Beetle This model is a Luxus version which means it has a better trim level which includes among other things a White Steering Wheel and a Clock in the Dash While the Luxus version was only built for one year the Standard

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  • 1956 Heinkel Kabine
    153 three wheeler and 154 four wheeler with the trusty four stroke motor enlarged to 203cc From March 1957 this was reduced to 198cc for insurance reasons A license to build the Heinkel was also sold to Argentina where some 2000 examples were sold until 1961 These were fitted with external air filters because of dust problems Demand was high for the enormously popular Tourist scooter and also for the various motors being supplied to other firms so there was increased demand for more production space in the Heinkel factories Despite a production of some 50 cars a day the Kabine was losing between 400 and 500 Marks per car This combined with the death of Heinkel in January 1958 and the resumption of aircraft production necessitated the sale of the entire Kabine production facility to the Dundalk Engineering Company in Ireland in June of 1958 This idea was short lived however as quality probems with the Heinkel I became evident The Irish factory was dirt floored and front axles stored outside The license was withdrawn This example in its original red color shows the wide tail assembly used for both three and four wheelers Manufacturer Ernst Heinkel Fahrzeugbau GmbH

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  • 1965 Hillers
    of ladder design in steel tube and the body in 1mm steel Before finally finishing he redesigned the frame to incorporate independent suspension and hydraulic drum brakes As a consequence of this the bodywork had to be altered and lengthened by some 80cm It was never intended for road use Manufacturer Ernst Hillers Hamburg Germany Model A Motor Sachs 2 stroke Body Steel Years Built 1965 No Cylinders 1 Chassis

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  • 1951 Hoffmann
    wheel steering A large triangular frame structure supporting the entire motor ex Goliath Pionier is pivoted at its forward end on a massive kingpin A complex system of levers provides the steering which moves the entire cradle from side to side in a wide arc The result is a lethal cocktail of automotive engineering don t s extreme front track width combined with an ultra short wheelbase giving major straight line instability and rear wheel steering which can easily bring loss of control at any except very slow speeds to which any fork truck driver can attest The central position of the steering kingpin in the car means there is little room for the driver and passenger up front and the original bench seat has been substituted for two smaller separate ones allowing slightly better access to the cramped cabin over the wide sills According to the restorer a German panel beater the car s original asymmetric roof windshield line was original and kept that way deliberately Perhaps this interesting and eccentric vehicle can be used to illustrate the reason why in this modern day one has a myriad of rules to contend with when building a vehicle Manufacturer Hoffmann

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  • IHLE Schottenring Car
    were built the only difference being the front nose section which was interchangeable to create different models with minimum effort The car was built by Frank and Thomas IHLE brothers who worked out of Bruchsal Germany Prior to building Amusement park rides like this one and the Wild Mouse they had manufactured racing cars including a racing version of the BMW Dixie and are generally credited with creating the signature double kidney grille for BMW They sold their production of racing cars to BMW and started GEBR IHLE the brothers with the name IHLE to produce cars for amusement parks and fairs IHLE is commonly misspelled as JHLE due to the script lettering Is it a Microcar Although not originally designed for Road Use this miniature car has more power and is built sturdier than many Microcars that were offered to the public for daily use Proper road use of this vehicle was probably prevented by the method of starting which required it to be push started by an employee of the Amusement Park Manufacturer GEBR IHLE Bruchsal Germany Model Schottenring Motor Hirth 2 stroke Body Steel Years Built 1954 No Cylinders 1 Chassis Steel Tube No Produced n a

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