One of the most quirky vehicles we have ever featured on this site has to be the Goggomobil TS400. These little coupes are extremely rare and are one of the most sought after micro cars ever built. Another 1958 Goggomobil TS400 has surfaced and can be found here on eBay. This car has already been restored and is ready to be driven and enjoyed.
The Goggomobil was the brainchild of Andreas Glas, the Grandson of the founder of Glas GmbH. The combination of his idea and his father's leadership, the company went from manufacturing farm equipment to building scooters, micro cars, and eventually sports cars. Sadly, the move to building sports cars bankrupted the company in 1966 and BMW had to come to its rescue.
During its time producing cars, the company made many innovations. They were the first car manufacture to use a timing belt driven overhead cam shaft in a car. Rumor even has it that they developed the gated shifter, which Enzo Ferrari supposedly copied and used in his sports cars.
The 392cc two cylinder air cooled engine in this car only produces 20 hp, but then again it only weighs 980 pounds. The power is sent to the ground via an electromagnetic pre-select four speed transmission and allows the car to accelerate to a 65 mph top speed. To top that off the car is capable of an impressive 50 mpg, we would like to see a modern car get this kind of mileage while looking this good.
German micro cars are some of the most sought after micro cars, with the TS400 being the ultimate collectors piece. There were only a small number of these micro coupes built for the American market and very few TS400s remain worldwide.
We have seen a huge spike in demand for these cars in the past few years. Similar cars have been trading hands for as much as $40,000, although we don't see this one fetching that kind of money. While it's a low mileage car, with only 3,000 miles, it doesn't have the very rare and desirable gated floor mounted shifter. However, at the right price this micro car could offer huge amounts of fun.