1963 Heinkel Trojan 200 Micro Car  Chassis no. 10594

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Lot 208
1963 Heinkel Trojan 200 Micro Car

£ 19,000 - 24,000
US$ 24,000 - 30,000
1963 Heinkel Trojan 200 Micro Car
Registration no. 401 TDE
Chassis no. 10594
*Charismatic and fun three-wheeler
*Recent restoration (2014-2016)
*'Most Desired Heinkel Trojan' trophy winner (2015)
*Raises smiles wherever it goes
*Complete with new Motobronx 'kneeling axle' trailer

Footnotes

  • 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 four-stroke single-cylinder 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. The Heinkel featured a single front door, fixed steering column, and a canvas sunroof, the latter also functioning as an emergency exit. Unlike some of its competitors, the Heinkel also had a reverse gear, making it a much more practical proposition.

    Production was discontinued in Germany in 1958 but continued in other countries, Ireland included, where around 8,000 were built before the rights transferred to Trojan in the UK in 1961. Trojan had been manufacturers of unconventional light cars in the 1920s and 1930s, and the acquisition of the Heinkel - marketed as the Trojan 200 - marked the company's return to motor manufacture after a break of 25 years. Three- and four-wheeled versions were offered in both right- and left-hand drive configurations. A little over 6,000 were built before Trojan quit car production again in 1964.

    This fun little three-wheeler was purchased by the vendor in January 2014 in running, but poor, condition having not been on the road for many years. It had been rescued from a farm field by Stephen Russel, who set about putting it back on the road and did so. The car was featured in the News of the World Sunday Magazine in September 1990 following the restoration's completion, having previously appeared on the Hale & Pace television show (in the late1980s).

    Years of non-use afterwards however, meant that a full restoration was again required. A complete restoration was carried out to near-concours condition at a further cost of £12,000. Following this most recent restoration, '401 TDE' won the 'Most Desired Heinkel Trojan' trophy at the National Microcar Rally in September 2015.

    Little used since the rebuild's completion, the car is offered with a huge file of history containing, photographs, articles, instruction manuals, restoration receipts, MoT to August 2018, and a V5C Registration Certificate. It also comes complete with a new Motorbronx 'kneeling axle' trailer for easy transportation to distant shows, etc.
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1963 Heinkel Trojan 200 Micro Car  Chassis no. 10594
1963 Heinkel Trojan 200 Micro Car  Chassis no. 10594
1963 Heinkel Trojan 200 Micro Car  Chassis no. 10594
1963 Heinkel Trojan 200 Micro Car  Chassis no. 10594
1963 Heinkel Trojan 200 Micro Car  Chassis no. 10594
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