<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120

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Lot 102
1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster

Sold for US$ 31,900 inc. premium
From the Evergreen Historic Automobile Collection
1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster
Chassis no. 0112854
Engine no. 02130120

392cc Rear-mounted, Air-cooled, Inline 2-Cylinder, 2-stroke Engine
Single Bing Side-draft Carburetor
20bhp at 5000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Extremely rare Australian-built micro-car
*As few as 30 known survivors of 700 constructed
*In original unrestored condition
*Only 35,462 miles recorded
*Two-piece fiberglass body over Goggomobil mechanicals


THE GOGGOMBIL

"Tiny" doesn't begin to describe this delightful little automobile, an amalgam of German engineering and over-the-top "Down-under" styling of the post-war period. The Goggomobil-Buckle Dart was the brainchild of Australian Bill Buckle, an entrepreneurial sort whose father had operated a successful group of automobile dealerships in the Sydney area. When Bill Buckle Sr. passed away in the late 1940s, his son took over the business and decided that what his country needed was a small, economical delivery van and a small, economical sports car. Protectionist tax laws of the day precluded importing anything complete of that sort from Europe, so Buckle contracted with Bavarian micro-car and mini-truck maker Hans Glas to purchase a quantity of Glas' very popular little Goggomobil chassis, to be supplied sans bodies, thus meeting the letter of the law. Buckle designed both a miniature fiberglass-shelled van, which wasn't particularly successful, and an open two-seater which was. The roadster body comprised an upper and a lower shell joined at the beltline. A single round instrument mounted in the dashboard contained a speedometer and warning lamps. The covered headlights added a bit of additional savoir-faire. Powered by the Goggomobil's light and efficient rear-mounted air-cooled 400cc twin, Buckle's new little automobile, which he named the "Dart", was very well-received, and approximately 700 were built between June of 1969 and September, 1961, when production ended. Despite its small, 20hp engine, it was capable of 60 mph, nearly 10 mph faster than a standard Goggomobil coupe. Only a few dozen of this diminutive automobile, nicknamed the "Barbie Corvette", are known to survive.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This very original Buckle Dart was acquired by the consignor in late 2009 from Alan Baitcher at the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum in Madison, Georgia. It is described as being in very good unrestored condition both cosmetically and mechanically, and has obviously been well cared for during its long life. It has enjoyed a recent tune-up, a new battery, and an oil change service. It is supplied with a fabric top, but no side curtains.

With so few surviving in any condition, this little machine is sure to be the center of attention at any gathering of automobile enthusiasts, and no microcar collection can be considered complete without a Goggomobil-Buckle Dart as its centerpiece.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this car registered as a 1959 Glas and is titled under its engine number.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, the correct Chassis no. is 01128543.
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<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
<b>1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 0112854<br />Engine no. 02130120
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