Friday, May 27, 2016

Auction Watch: 1958 Goggomobile TS400 Owned by Walter Cronkite

Find this 1958 Goggomobile TS400 Walter Cronkite here on eBay bidding for $6,100 reserve-not-met with $39,995 buy-it-now with auction ending Sunday at 3PM Pacific.

From eBay listing:

Item specifics

Condition: Used Year: 1958
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 1958TS4001 Mileage: 1
Number of Cylinders: 2 Make: Goggomobil
Transmission: Manual Model:

Walter Cronkite's Goggomobil Race Car - Concours Winer

Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty Drive Type: RWD
Vehicle Title: Clear For Sale By: Dealer

1958 Goggomobil TS400 Race Car formerly owned by CBS Evening News Anchor Walter Cronkite.

It was raced by Cronkite at the Little LeMans at Lime Rock Park in 1958 where it placed 23rd.  Following the race it was featured in Autosport Magazine's August 1958 Edition.  

The 2-cylinder, 2-stroke engine is bored .40 over, ported and polished, advanced timing, rebuilt crank, and custom headers.  It runs on C16 race fuel.  

In 2014 this car underwent a full rotisserie restoration to the correct specs from when it was owned by Cronkite.  It is restored to show quality concours standards.  

This Goggomobil has incredible ownership, race, and show provenance.  It is the recipient of the Skip Barber Sunday's Best Award at the Historic Festival 33 in 2015.  It has been invited to and displayed at the Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance in 2014 and the Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance in 2016.  

For more information please call 954-422-2895.

**  The above referenced vehicle is being sold as is with no warranties.  I highly encourage interested parties to inspect this vehicle in person or via a qualified third party prior to bidding.  All sales are final.  This is a race car.  It is not street legal.  It can not be registered.  It is being sold with a bill of sale only.  True mileage is unknown.  The winning bidder of this auction must pay for this vehicle within forty eight hours of the close of the auction via wire transfer only.  Buyer is responsible for all shipping costs.  For more information please call 954-422-2895.  **


  1. That's news to me...

  2. Wow. Provenance up the kazoo. 23rd place!

    I it take Walter wasn't much of a car guy.

    He could have swung for something Eyetalian, a 356, or any Brit he wanted.

    But no, a No-Goggomobile? Walter, Walter, Walter. I am very disappointed in you.

    1. He was probably "cheap" too if he was "racing" a Goggomobil!

    2. I don't know how long he stuck with the whole racing thing, a lot of guys who ended up overseas in the '40s and '50s came home with a jones for little cars that sounded like popping popcorn or small British tractors.

      Cronkite's thing, so far as the public record indicates, involved floating things with big canvas triangles up on a pole.


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