I had an opportunity to go to the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum in Madison, GA. (about an hour east of Atlanta) It is unofficially the largest collection of microcars anywhere. The entire collection is going to be auctioned off a piece at a time in February 2013, so this was my only chance to see the whole collection as it was originally assembled.
I’m learning about the benefits of blogging. I contacted the museum in advance, told them I had a blog devoted to Heinkels, and asked if I could photograph the cars and do some looking under and inside the vehicles. When I went there it wasn’t busy, and they were happy to accommodate me. It was a great visit and I’d like to thank the staff for their hospitality.
So, here’s a picture of every Heinkel vehicle and related item I could find. Enjoy!
They have a 103A2 with every conceivable option. Here it is:
I like the carpet on the floor. Take your shoes off and drive in your slippers!
They have four cars on display. They’re each interesting in their own way:
Of the 4 Heinkel cars this one has the best paint and was very complete. Trojans were made in England until 1965.
It has a “Heinkel-I” steering wheel insert rather than the usual “Trojan” hub. The clock is not real; it’s a paper insert.
Here’s the “kinderseat”. You can fold it back and get access to the battery and engine.
Here’s the toolkit. the big wrench is a 17/19 mm combo. 17mm fits the whell lug nut; I don’t know where the 19mm is used.
I have a picture of it next to a Velam, a French Isetta variant with a unibody like the Heinkel.
Heinkel (made in Argentina under license):
I like this one because it’s a South American variation, only about 2500 were made; it has some unique details:
The taillights have a modified Heinkel logo, and have a one piece lens:
The Fusebox cover has a Heinkel logo, and the dash housing is enameled black rather than a silver hammered finish.
The glass is marked “California, Argentina”, and the interior is a rather minimalist black and white.
It also has four wheels and a regular air cleaner. I read somewhere that they were fitted with external air cleaners That’s not the case with this restoration .
German three wheeler:
It appears to be an older respray with orange peeled white paint. It has funky door decorations. and an interesting plaque inside from a restoration shop.
A panorama of the interior. It has a battery shutoff (red), gas lever, and heater pull knob. The covered over hole is for the demister vent (not present)
The last car was hard to see; it was up on a shelf (you can do that easily with microcars).
I love the heavily applied Crayola orange-yellow paint. Otherwise it was originally white (still is inside), with three wheels.
You can see more about the museum and auction at www.handlewithfun.com.
They have a bunch of Heinkel ephemera: Much of this will be assembled and sold as lots.
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