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BIGALRPH

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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:46:29 AM

Bruce Weiner's Georgia Microcar museum is for sale and 200 of his tiny little cars will be going up for sale February 14th and 15th. Weiner, an avid collector who made his fortune from Dubble Bubble chewing gum, decided he's done collecting the little cars. He said that, having now found a good example of just about every microcar that can be had, he's bored. He's asked RM Auctions to sell the cars for him. (The value estimates in this gallery are RM's.)Most, but not all, of these cars are from Europe, built in the years just after the second world war when fuel was scarce and road taxes were high.

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sjf238
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:18:29 AM

I'm glad he didn't use his money to feed the hungry or shelter the homeless. Teeny cars are awesome!!!
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ToolinIt
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:01:24 AM

My snow blower has more HP than most of the cars in this museum.
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 8:32:09 AM

Cartoonish
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335d1
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 7:08:22 AM

If you have the money....
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:56:48 PM

That's really ugly.
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Kamakani
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 8:03:01 PM

Not for me
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Toonces2013
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 4:19:04 PM

Two words: Clown Car. Smart Cars also come to mind...

[Edited by: Toonces2013 at 1/29/2013 4:21:17 PM EST]
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doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 2:33:49 PM

Wow those cars looked like toys.
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Robert44
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:14:43 PM

In the future under regime new mileage standards we will be driving similar ulterior small cars!
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tnfran
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:05:30 PM

Many very 'unusual' tiny cars to say the least. these microcars would be a hazard today most anywhere.
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ErnieK9LO
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:00:15 PM

interesting
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YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:52:50 AM

Thanks for posting this. I have never even seen pictures of most of these. I did have a neighbor, when I was a kid, who had an Isetta with the door opening to the front.
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VDubBill
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:39:24 AM

Makes Morris Minors and Rambler Metros enormous.

Now, I gotta win the lottery so I can buy a 1966 Peel Trident.
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md11capt
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:35:44 AM

That scootacar looks like something out of a cartoon.
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mmcentire
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:33:56 AM

ok
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:31:55 AM

some people just have too much money to spend on craziness
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Ken2OD
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:28:23 AM

How many different ways can you spell U-G-L-Y ?
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bills299
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:27:11 AM

ok
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hmw10284
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:24:58 AM

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:21:14 AM

Modern cars, even small ones, are loaded up with electric everything, AC, safety features and ten or so airbags (just because Americans won't learn to use seat belts properly). They also have complex anti-pollution systems and fuel injection. No wonder they weigh 50% more than similar sized cars from 60 years ago. Heck, even a Honda Civic has gained about 1000 pounds in 'stuff' in the last 25 years.

"Weigh is the enemy" as the famous designer (not just cars, but trains and many other industrial designs) Raymond Loewy opined.

Some amazing things were done in scarcity. One of my favourite smaller cars of the post-war ear was the French Panhard Dyna. It was first built of aluminum as steel was scarce. It used a high output air-cooled 2 cylinder engine up front, and the philosophy of the engineering team had a goal which they achieved, summed up in a few numbers: 6-6-100-2. Translated from metric terms, it meant it had to carry six passengers comfortably, averaging 40 mpg while driving all day long under any conditions at 60 miles per hour, on 2 cylinders. Small on the outside, but big on the inside; this was a family sized car compared to some of these real small bubble cars which were often just enclosed motorcycles.
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cdrrod
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:17:59 AM

So are matchbox cars!
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lesabreAZ
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:02:42 AM

wow
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fullcirclethink
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:50:35 AM

They can double as a casket to bury the owner in when they get into an accident with an SUV.
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bluetruck54
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:47:44 AM

interesting to note these cars were built 50-60 years ago. Kinda
points out that our modern auto engineering for economy look really
pitiful.
guess we haven't made much progress in all these years (or we didn't
want to)
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1970vette
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:41:40 AM

ok
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SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:29:00 AM

Cute little bubble car, but does it have radio, A/C and heater?
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Jayburt
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:27:25 AM

Speaking of which why is some of the new smallest cars so expensive?If they use let material and less parts shouldn't the price be cheaper?But they ant a arm and a leg, and a few body parts too
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sewiessner
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:24:52 AM

very intersting....

[Edited by: sewiessner at 1/29/2013 10:25:52 AM EST]
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waz1951
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:18:53 AM

Stupid!
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Zuegma
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:08:51 AM

I can see why one would only want to collect and not drive these.
I guess some people just have more bucks than practicle sense.
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LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:04:16 AM

A Circus doesn't have big bucks; so their clowns will have to do without.
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OTISFL
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:53:47 AM

Interesting.
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Wally3023
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:50:38 AM

Really?
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:50:07 AM

lol
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