This “little tyke”, which Mikrus loosely translates to, is a 1959 Mikrus MR-300, a Polish-made microcar in the same vein as a Goggomobile or similar small, rear-engine car. This one is listed on eBay with an unmet opening bid of $10,000! Macro-money for a microcar. It’s located not in Poland but in Nashville, Tennessee. A Mikrus joke, inspired by the noisy engine, is: “Mikrus is very much like a jet plane: first you hear it, then you see it.”
Look at this little thing! Don’t you just want to love it and hug it and cuddle it, and.. er.. wait, that’s a little awkward. I mean, isn’t it an interesting-looking car? Mikrus, pronounced “Meek-roos”, cars were made in a factory that had just finished production of the Soviet MiG-15 jet. No, really! Being the fine folks that they were, they didn’t want to lay off scores of people so they turned to manufacturing almost anything and everything, around twenty different products in all, from milk processing equipment to Mikrus MR-300s.
Camber? What camber?.. This car will need some work. The seller says that the body is solid, but the LR section is interesting looking, to say the least. I’m assuming that it has had some bodywork in the past, this car obviously isn’t original from 1959. They also say that the brake pedal goes to the floor and everything will need to be gone over, from head to toe. But, that opening bid price, ouch. In all fairness, there were only about 1,700 of these cars were built so they’re rare.
There are no engine photos, for some reason, and this one should have a 296 CC two-stroke, two-cylinder with 14.5 hp and of course it’s a rear-engine car. Better to smoke the vehicles behind you than to have that smoke coming in the passenger compartment. Here’s an interesting YouTube video showing a 3D rending of the drivetrain, just for something different. And, here another YouTube video of the cars in action! This is a fun little dash, that’s a huge badge for such a small dash on such a small car. This car will most likely languish unsold for quite a while, especially at that opening bid price. Are there any microcar fans out there other than me?