Saturday, October 29, 2016

Yellow Pages: 1960 Goggomobil Dart

Microcars were hugely popular in post-war Europe where petrol was at a high premium and no one needed to travel very far. Most of the microcars were made in Britain, France, or Germany and were usually basic little blobs – like the Isetta or the Zündapp Janus. One plucky Australian designer decided to take a German Goggomobil microcar and turn it into an adorable fibreglass convertible. He sold 700 of the cars between ’59 and ’61. However, the cars truly entered the national psyche through their association with an advertisement for the Yellow Pages. Find this 1960 Goggomobil Dart in Birba Lake, WA, Australia, for $7k AUD ($5,370 USD at the time of writing) via autotrader.com.au.


The rear-mounted two cylinder isn’t shown here, but it’s the larger 400cc option, mated to a four speed. Made roadworthy in 1998, but not driven since 2003, we have to wonder why someone would go to the trouble of restoring such a fun car and letting its condition slide so soon after. It’s also said to need work on the interior, and the eye-catching body has an equally eye-catching dent that needs repair.



Compared to Australian cars of the era, these microcars were small, but compared to modern traffic they are positively diminutive. It’d make an interesting import to the States, but sharing the roads with Ford Excursions and Cadillac Escalades would be an impressive feat of bravery – it’s lucky the interior’s already brown.


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Michael is a teenager who's been obsessed with cars since he was able to talk, but has no ability in mechanics whatsoever. His daily driver is a manual transmission Nissan Maxima - the Australian Infiniti I30.

4 comments:

  1. This is an excellent Honda Goldwing swap candidate. Love these things.

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  2. Please tell me that is not a scam! That price seems ludicrously low for such a rare car, in such apparently decent condition. The description almost sounds like another car, but the rear corner damage matches, so.....

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  3. there was a drag racer in aus in the early '70's bodied with one of these that's why I know this shape so well

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