Bruce Weiner has searched around the world to build his microcar collection, and later this month RM Auctions will sell the entire stockpile. But before these little classics get scattered across the globe once again, we’re going to take a final look at the Weiner’s Microcar Museum in Madison, Georgia.
Post-WWII Germany was the king of microcars/bubblecars, and the museum represents this well. There are some names that are well known such as Messerschmitt and Goggomobil that have multiple models on display even though they were only in business for a little over a decade. What makes this museum special is the number of small batch microcars built by manufacturers that existed for only a brief moment. German companies like Fuldamobil, Champion, and Brütsch would only get a few handfuls out the door before going bust, and some of the rare survivors are gathered here.
The rest of Europe is no stranger to these little machines. BMW may have made the Isetta famous, but Italy’s Iso created the car. So there are plenty of the Italian originals as well as versions licensed to other European countries. Possibly the most interesting one is the 730 hp V8 powered Isetta Whatta Drag (seen in the gallery at the left) that was built after Hot Wheels made a fantasy model.
A grand design by the French firm Voisin may have won the 2011 Pebble Beach concours, but a few examples of its minimalist Biscooter are in the collection. A Spanish company would eventually take over Biscooter production. Not only does the museum have these on display, but also there are some homegrown original microcars in the collection like the PTV and the shrunken Pegaso Z-102 known as the Pegasin.
Britain is exhibited here with cars like the Peel P50, the go kart-like Sinclair C5, and of course, plenty of examples of the three-wheeled creations from Bond.
The rest of the globe is well represented at the museum, too. An Australian industrial goods maker decided to get in the vehicle game with the Zeta line of fiberglass microcars. Japan is featured with now-famous manufacturers like Subaru and Mazda that got their start with the little 356cc Kei car runabouts. Even the traditionally large-minded U.S. has a few tiny cars on display with the King Midget series.
When all of this goes on sale February 15th, don’t expect Bruce Weiner to be exceptionally sad to see these go. This is not the first time he sold off is collection just to rebuild it again. So we imagine the museum will be back some day with a new world’s worth of microcar treasures.