1957 Heinkel Kabine 150
Lot 608
1957 Heinkel Kabine Micro Car Chassis no. 12493
Sold for €24,150 (US$ 32,080) inc. premium
Lot Details
1957 Heinkel Kabine Micro Car
Chassis no. 12493
Le plus surprenant des mystères concernant la Kabine Cruiser d'Ernest Heinkel tient au fait que son créateur ait pu produire un modèle aussi semblable à l'Isetta de BMW sans s'attirer d'ennuis.

Dévoilée en 1956, l'Heinkel est mue par un moteur monocylindre à quatre temps de 175 cm3 originellement destiné à un scooter. Bien que similaire à l'Isetta, elle est à la fois plus habitable et plus légère, offrant même deux places pour des enfants à l'arrière. Une transmission à quatre rapports donnait une bonne vivacité dans la circulation, tandis qu'un système de porte avant simplifié évitait les complication de la colonne de direction fragmentée de sa rivale. Des modèles plus puissants (204 et 198 cm3) furent proposés par la suite, ainsi que des versions à quatre roues, des cabriolets et des camionnettes. Après environs 6 000 exemplaires produits, la construction cessa en Allemagne en 1958, mais se poursuivit dans d'autres pays, notamment en Irlande, où environ 8000 furent construites avant que les droits ne passent à Trojan au Royaume-Uni en 1961.

Cette charmante "voiture bulle", bleue avec intérieur en tissu beige, a fait l'objet d'une restauration complète dans son Allemagne natale vers 2005/2006 et se présente dans un état général excellent, confirmé par un court et récent essai sur route. La voiture est vendue avec son Kraftfahrzeugbrief allemand.

1957 Heinkel Kabine Micro Car
Chassis no. 12493

Perhaps the biggest mystery concerning Ernest Heinkel's Kabine Cruiser is how its creator got away with producing a design outwardly so similar to BMW's Isetta.

Launched in 1956, the Heinkel used a 175cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine originally developed for a motor scooter and, while closely resembling the Isetta, was both lighter and roomier, even providing children's seats in the rear. A four-speed gearbox made the Heinkel nippy in traffic, while a simplified design of front-opening door avoided the complication of its rival's jointed steering column. Larger-engined (204cc and 198cc) models were offered later, as well as four-wheeled versions, convertibles and vans. After around 6,000 had been made, production was discontinued in Germany in 1958 but continued in other countries, Ireland included, where approximately 8,000 were built before the rights transferred to Trojan in the UK in 1961.

Finished in blue with beige cloth interior, this charming little 'bubble car' benefited from a comprehensive restoration in its native Germany circa 2005/2006 and is described as being in generally good condition, which was confirmed by a recent, albeit short, test drive. The car is offered with German Kraftfahrzeugbrief.
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