Tiger wins First in Class at Amelia Island 2013

March 10th, 2013

This FMR Tg500 Roadster owned by J.C. and Judy O’Steen just won First in Class at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2013. It looks even better with the top DOWN, but rules apparently state that convertible tops must be up/installed.

The win is especially impressive considering that there was not a microcar class at the show.
The Tiger was placed in a class called “What Were They Thinking?”.
Most of the other entries were prototypes and one-off specials, including a 1949 Veritas, 1951 Packard 200, 1957 Spohns convertible, 1962 Tiburon roadster, 1963 Ford Mustang prototype, 1964 Corvette XP-819 and a 1974? Fascination.
J.C. is quick to give much of the credit to the talents of Jim Garbo, who recently completed a top quality restoration of the Tiger.

Hat tip to both Jim Garbo and Clay Holland for this announcement

Live Coverage of Microcar Museum Auction

February 5th, 2013

auction“Live” coverage of the RM Auction of The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum will be available Right Here.

Come back on Thursday, Friday and Saturday February 14-16
for a Live Blog from the Event and experience it as it happens starting at 10am EST each day.
Complete Auction coverage along with results as they happen, in real time.

The logs show that this site has simply been HAMMERED from around the world as, other than
the Live Streaming Video from RM,(now unavailable)
there was NO OTHER SOURCE for Auction Results and News
during the auction as far as I know.

Preview Day Click Here

Auction Day 1 part 1 Click Here

Auction Day 1 part 2 Click Here

Auction Day 2 part 1 Click Here

Auction Day 2 part 2 Click Here

if you want to walk around the Auction, try this YouTube Video

Vintage Microcars for Auction at Auburn IN 2012

August 30th, 2012

The following Vintage Microcars are set to be auctioned in Auburn IN during Labor Day weekend of August 31-Sept 2, 2012: click pics to go to detailed listings for cars,
and WorldWide both have a 10% Buyer’s Premium,
All buyer’s premiums are added to the “Hammer Price.”

AuctionsAmerica Lot 2158
1958 BMW Isetta
NOT SOLD on Friday, but now scheduled for Saturday? And this just in: Still NOT SOLD

AuctionsAmerica Lot 3061
1937 Handmade Bantam
sold $18,250

AuctionsAmerica Lot 3154
1957 Vespa 400 Euro spec
sold $17,500

AuctionsAmerica Lot 5134
1952 Crosley Hook & Ladder
sold $35,000

AuctionsAmerica Lot 4038
1958 BMW Isetta
sold $25,250

AuctionsAmerica Lot 5073
1958 BMW Isetta SW cabrio- this car has been for sale for many years, same photos NOT SOLD – what a surprise.

AuctionsAmerica Lot 5141
1960 Vespa 400

WorldWide Auctions Lot 163
1938 Bantam with trailer
sold for $28,000

BMW Isetta in 1996 film KALEIDOSCOPE

August 26th, 2012

just a cameo in the film, but a bit of fun none-the-less, note that it is a British-built model, RHD etc.
Look to the bottom of the opening frame when the Isetta appears, is that red car a BOND?
tip of the hat to Joe Rodriguez for sending this along:

King Midgets in the NY Times

August 18th, 2012

Nice little piece in the NY Times WHEELS section covering the 2012 King Midget Jamboree held recently in Pennsylvania.

Direct Link to Story

Text Only Link if the above one doesn’t work for you.


Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum up for Auction Feb 2013

August 14th, 2012

I’ll just leave this here:

 More information on The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum Auction

Jim Garbo featured in Daily Herald article

August 6th, 2012

Jim Garbo’s 1955 Messerschmitt KR200 that has been in his family since 1959.

Jim Garbo, club member from Franksville WI, was featured in a nice article in the Chicago Daily Herald.
His 1955 Messerschmitt KR200 was recently part of the Barrington Concours d’Elegance.
Read the article: CLICK HERE

Vintage Microcars for Auction at Monterey CA 2012

July 31st, 2012

Results : The following Vintage Microcars were auctioned in Monterey CA during the weekend of August 16-19, 2012:
click pics to go to detailed listings for cars- prices shown are HAMMER prices.

note that ALL BONHAMS sales under $100,000 will have a 15% Buyer’s Premium added!
RM Auctions and Russo & Steele both have a 10% Buyer’s Premium,
while MECUM has a 6% Buyer’s Premium.
All buyer’s premiums are added to the “Hammer Price.”

Bonhams Lot 413
1967 FIAT 500F
sold $8000

Bonhams Lot 444
1960 FIAT 600 Jolly
sold $72,000

Bonhams Lot 460
1956 Citröen 2CV

RMAuctions Lot 204
1967 FIAT 500F
sold $37,500

1968 FIAT 500 has both 37K miles AND 59K actual miles!
sold $13,500

1957 BMW Isetta 300

1948 Crosley Woody Wagon

MECUM Lot T106
1959 FIAT 500 Jolly
sold $62,500


MECUM Lot T109
1958 Goggomobil TS400
sold $26,000

MECUM Lot T124
1961 Citroen 2CV
sold $14,500
now on eBay by a dealer for $35K!

MECUM Lot T159 1970 Bianchina Panoramica
sold $17,500

MECUM Lot T204 1971 FIAT 500 w/650 engine
sold $9250

MECUM Lot T222
1961 Messerschmitt KR200
“rare FMR model” ??? wtf?
sold $23,000

Russo & Steele Lot 2012
1957 BMW Isetta

Russo & Steele Lot 2128
1958 BMW 600
sold $27,500

Russo & Steel Lot 2169
1959 FIAT 600 Jolly
sold $70,000

Russo & Steele Lot 2183
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina
sold $32,000

Russo & Steele Lot 2189
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina
sold $37,000

German Restoration Shop tour

September 8th, 2011

Oliver Herbolzheimer is well known in the Messerschmitt community. He restores cars for a living in Germany. He makes replacement parts, his daily driver is a Tg500 replica that has a Trabant 601 powerplant.  Take a tour of his shop with these two videos. (had to break the 30 min show into 2 pieces for YouTube)

Note to non-German audience: the video is from German television. It is all German, there are no subtitles, nor is there an “English” version, so don’t ask. Just watch and enjoy.
Part 1:

Part 2:

Vintage Microcars Auction Results at Monterey CA 2011

August 4th, 2011

The following Vintage Microcars are set to be were auctioned in Monterey CA during the weekend of August 18-20, 2011:  click pics to go to detailed listings for cars,
note that ALL BONHAMS sales under $100,000 will have a 17% Buyer’s Premium added!
RM Auctions and Gooding both have a 10% Buyer’s Premium,
while MECUM has a 6% Buyer’s Premium.
All buyer’s premiums are added to the “Hammer Price.”
UPDATE: Final prices are being updated now- Price is HAMMER PRICE only

BONHAMS Lot 1: 1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformabile Coupé SOLD for $26,000

BONHAMS Lot 421: 1955 Messerschmitt KR200 SOLD for $21,500

BONHAMS Lot 422: 1962 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica SOLD for $12,500

RM AUCTIONS Lot 103: 1938 American Bantam Roadster SOLD for $18,000

RM AUCTIONS Lot 181: 1957 BMW Isetta cabrio SOLD for $30,000

RM AUCTIONS Lot 203: 1941 American Bantam Convertible Coupe SOLD for $25,000

GOODING & Co: Lot 061: 1958 Zündapp Janus SOLD for $20,000

GOODING & Co Lot 124: 1960 Renault 4CV Resort Special SOLD for $52,000

MECUM Lot S94: 1953 Mochet CM 125Y Commercial Panel Truck SOLD for ~$26,400

Spare Parts Collections assets seized

August 3rd, 2011

Previously mentioned HERE, Bruce Weiner has successfully sued the people behind Spare Parts Collections and is apparently seizing their assets.  Their website is currently in the hands of a Court-appointed Receiver in California. Other assets are apparently being seized at this time as well.

Their eBay account appears to be dormant for now. Their eBay “Store” is now gone as of Dec 7 2011.  Anyone who recently ordered something from them will not be able to communicate with them as the website that was seized also hosted their email accounts and they really have no incentive to send you anything after you have paid.

Other assets are apparently in the process of being seized at this time, what they are specifically is not known.

If you DO get an email from someone you dealt with at Spare Parts Collections and they tell you that their website is just “down,” don’t believe it.  It has been seized and they are not getting it back until they pay the amount of the judgement against them.

They may simply “pop up” under a new company name in the future.  They have apparently done that in the past. Of course, if it is a “new” company, your “old” orders and payments will most likely be forgotten.

By-the-way, if you thought they had a warehouse and facilities to house a bunch of stock and do restorations, think again, this message apparently came from Plinio regarding their facilities (or lack there-of):

“We are just internet dealers and sell the parts we source from various providers in our country and the region with which we have agreements. Therefore, we do not have a physical stock of products.”

No wonder it took forever to get things from them and why shipping was so incredibly expensive.

*ALERT* Stolen Microcars in Atlanta GA

July 13th, 2011

Keep an eye out for a sparkling new 20′ car trailer abandoned somewhere around Atlanta with a 1958 Messerschmitt KR200 AND a 1953 Rovin D4 inside it.  The trailer with the two microcars inside was stolen this morning in Atlanta GA.

#1 1958 Messerschmitt KR200:  Yellow with black fenders. VIN # 69233
#2 1953 Rovin D4:  Pale yellow.
#3 2011 Horton Hauler 20ft enclosed trailer, white V-Nose.
Current “TAG” on trailer is a RED TEMP Advertisement plate from the dealer that says “Trailers For Less of Newnan” and has a dealer phone number.

please keep your eyes open on eBay and Craigslist and at other Auction houses in case someone tries to sell any of these vehicles.  Any information, please contact:  UPDATE: Cars have been recovered.

7 Microcars for auction at Red Baron in Atlanta GA July 16-17 2011

July 8th, 2011

Seven Vintage Microcars up for auction July 16-17 2011
at Red Baron Antiques in Atlanta, GA

click pics for more photos and information.

1964 BOND MK G

1951 Crosley SuperSport

1967 Willam City Mini

1973 Fiat 500 Giardiniera

1982 "Dual" car, drive from the bike OR the sidecar!

1967 Mini Comtessa - with gullwing doors!

1963 BMW 700 cabrio

ATLANTA, GA. 30328

Fiat 500 for sale – Craigslist CA

June 29th, 2011

Fiat 500 parts car for sale $550
located in Mcallen, TX

if the link does not work, the listing has expired

Pair of NSU Sport Prinz for sale – Craigslist CA

June 29th, 2011

Pair of NSU Sport Prinz for sale $5000
located in Pomona CA

if the link does not work, the listing has expired

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