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#1 philips100 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 01, 2012 - 01:13 AM

Bruce Weiner sold Concord Confections, the maker of Double Bubble, Bubble Gum, to Tootsie Roll in 2004. On his farm in Madison, Georgia, he built a museum for his collection of microcars he has collected for the past 20 years. He will auction off his collection in February.

The link below will have pictures of the different cars that are up for auction. If you hover you pointer over one of the cars in the main block of pictures, it will show the estimated sell price. If you click on the pictures, you will see pictures of car, its interior and engine bay. The is not the first time he has sold his collection, hopefully he will start filling his museum again soon.

http://www.handlewit...=cars&SortBy=RO
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Posted December 01, 2012 - 05:57 AM

Not my thing at all but it's an interesting collection. I had no idea there were that many micro cars produced over the years although most of them were from Europe. I see a custom Smart car there and it's selling price is among the lowest.

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Posted December 01, 2012 - 06:12 AM

Not my thing at all but it's an interesting collection.



I with you on that .

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Posted December 01, 2012 - 10:13 AM

Thanks for posting , that man has quite a collection and I can see where it would take 20 years to amass all of it.

I had the pleasure of seeing some Micro cars that were on display here in Milwaukee a while back. Pretty neat machines. I wonder if any were his?

The microcar intrigues me in how they came into being. I'll parapgrase an autor by the name of Adam Quellin, I've read a couple books on the topic including his titled " Microcars at Large" . He said "In a post WWII era, materials were in short supply, and many countries were struggling economically" but people still needed to get around. Thus the Microcar or Bubblecar came into being as motorcar makers tried their " hand " at making simple transportation.

The Messerschmitt was really interesting, as due to the post WWII situation, they were essentially barred from making airplanes. Seems to make sense.... thus their little " car" with three wheels that looks rather aeroplane - like. Great way to get around the VAT as well, as the licensing and taxes for driving three wheelers is a heck of a lot less than that of a car.

Neat stuff.

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Edited by marlboro180, December 01, 2012 - 10:16 AM.

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Posted December 01, 2012 - 10:32 AM

Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

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Posted December 01, 2012 - 11:07 AM

Smallest car I ever rode in was a real Austin Mini in Scotland. It was small.

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Posted December 01, 2012 - 03:50 PM

The yellow one in the picture above looks like the blue car that is always getting tipped over by Mr. Bean in his television show. It tips over very easy if you've ever seen the show.

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Posted December 01, 2012 - 04:09 PM

Brian,

That's a Reliant Robin. Here's a bit of a "Documentary' on the Robin :smilewink:

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Posted December 01, 2012 - 05:00 PM

OB; that was hilarious! Thanks.

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Posted December 01, 2012 - 07:43 PM

Here's a bit of a "Documentary' on the Robin :smilewink:


Ha! You beat me to that video! Reliants are still pretty popular in Great Britain. They even race them in indoor arenas and on outdoor racetracks.



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Posted December 01, 2012 - 11:22 PM

Whoever thought that putting a single wheel up front sure was a hilarios fellow! What a tard...

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Posted December 01, 2012 - 11:29 PM

The boys at Top Gear featured the Robin in another show as well :D


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Posted December 03, 2012 - 07:47 AM

Ha! You beat me to that video! Reliants are still pretty popular in Great Britain. They even race them in indoor arenas and on outdoor racetracks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGULcLUr0I4


Looks like the way to win that race is to slow down to about 10 MPH and stay on your wheels.

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Posted February 11, 2013 - 10:06 PM

Just a follow up, saw this on the BBC.UK site.

 

Roundabout Blog | 11 February 2013

Selling the world’s largest microcar collection

 

http://www.bbc.com/a...ars-on-the-move



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Posted February 12, 2013 - 08:55 PM

I am impressed with the Auction Catalog. Besides the usual pictures, descriptions and history of the cars and memorabilia that are being auctioned, the catalog also has the history of the marques and manufacturers of the other equipment being sold. The catalog is 832 pages and very interesting reading.






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