Goggomobil (German Micro-car)
Goggomobil was a ramge of micro-cars produced by the German company Glas after World War II.
Brief history of design and construction
Produced in their factory in the Bavarian town, Dingolfing, the Goggomobil was a response to the desperate economic condition prevalent in post-war Germany and was just one of a number of microcars used to solve transportation problems following World War II. Small, inexpensive vehicles such as the Goggomobil, Zündapp, Kroboth, Trippel and Dürkopp were ideal to transport a nation of poor families.
Originally a farm machine manufacturer, Glas began to produce automobiles in the 1950s. Their first model, the Goggomobil T250, was released in 1954 and was an orthodox looking two door sedan which was fitted with a 250cc two-stroke twin cylinder engine. In 1957, Glas made changes to the T250 and also made available the T300 and T400 which were fitted with larger 300cc and 400cc engines respectively.
Also released in 1957 was the Goggomobil TS 2+2 coupé. Both the sedan and coupé were marginally modified in 1964 when the rear-hinged suicide doors were replaced with the more standard front-hinged door.
In 1956, the Goggomobil Transporter, also known as the Goggomobil TL, was presented at the IFMA show. Largely built at the request of the German Federal Postal Service, who procured almost half of the 4,000 that were built, the Goggomobil TL had sliding front doors and was often used as street sweepers and snow ploughs.
Production of the Goggomobil series stopped when Glas was sold to BMW in the mid-1960s.
Glas produced three models of Goggomobil; the Goggomobil T-sedan, the Goggomobil TS-coupé and the Goggomobil TL-van.
Online car dealers and auction houses such as Microcar.org, the Monterey Auction Company and RM Auctions have an established and comprehensive knowledge of selling microcars.
There is a limited number of Goggomobil clubs for owners and/or collectors, however, those wishing to find more information should contact Goggo-glasfahrer-dgf.de/.
Additionally, the major supplier of new and second hand Goggomobil parts and spares can be contacted via their website, Goggomobil.com.
Rarity and value
During their relatively short production period between 1955 and 1969, Glass produced 214,313 Goggomobil sedans, 66,511 Goggomobil coupés and 3,667 Goggomobil Transporter vans.
Depending on their condition, Goggomobils, according to Uniquecarsandparts.com and Carsales.au, can be bought for a little as $2,000. However, collectors can expect to pay as much as $50,000 for fully restored specimens, which are typically sold at reputable car auctioneers, such as RK Motors Charlotte and Monterey Auction Company.
In August 2010, a fully restored 1963 Goggomobil TL-400 was sold at Monterey Auction Company for $88,000. Offered from the Bruce Weiner Collection, the item had been furnished in the livery of Krispy Kreme and represented a unique opportunity to purchase something truly unusual. As the majority of the Goggomobil TL models were used as work vehicles and discarded once they were worn out, very few examples survive today.
In November 2011, a 1968 Goggomobil TS250, equipped with red interior, was sold on Carandclassic.co.uk for €6,950. The Goggomobil, which was being sold from the Netherlands, was in good condition and had a complete service history available.