We classify a modern car as being fuel efficient when it achieves 40 mpg, but back in the 1950’s there were companies all over the world building cars that could achieve 60 mpg or more. Sure they might have looked goofy and weren’t very fast, but at least they were somewhat fun to drive. This rare little German micro car has lots of character and should make for an interesting project. It’s a 1956 Kleinschnittger F125 and the seller has already rebuilt the mechanical systems. So before buying a Prius, check this out here on eBay.
This little car could be one of the more interesting looking microcars we’ve seen in a while. At first glance, it looks much larger than it really is. To keep weight down, the body was crafted out of aluminum and the interior was kept as simple as possible. The single cylinder engine only put out about 5 horsepower and could propel the car to a top speed of 40 mph.
Seeing as there were less than 2,000 of these built, finding parts could be rather difficult, but other than body work and interior, there doesn’t appear to be much left to do. Getting those aluminum body panels straight is going to take a skilled body though, and that could get expensive.
The F125 above is what this project could look like once it’s all finished, but getting it to this point is going to be a good amount of work. The seller’s staring bid of $20k seems high given how small this car is, but once fully restored it could fetch double that at auction.