This car combines the best of all worlds – it’s an unusual, small vehicle and it was found in a barn! Or, a shed. This 1959 Goggomobile T400 is listed on eBay and it is a project car, as you can see. The current bid price is just over $500, but of course the reserve isn’t even close to being met at that price. And, as if anyone needed another excuse to visit Oregon’s beautiful wine country, this one is in McMinnville, Oregon.
Sometimes small cars are big projects, but this car doesn’t appear to be very rusty on the top side, which is nice. Tread lightly on the underside, but at least there doesn’t appear to be any rust-through other than on the right side and that’s more than enough. Who knows how thin that metal is. A German company called Glas made farm equipment and moved into scooters and finally vehicles such as this Goggomobile. The company made three models, the T-sedan, the TS-coupe, and the TL-van. These are rear-engine, two-cylinder, two-stroke, air-cooled vehicles. And, look at what a great family car this one would be! Trade in that $48,000 humongous SUV that you commute with, here’s your next ride!
I can imagine that several generations of rodents have made this car their home sweet home. The “shed” that it was found in doesn’t appear to be too air-tight, with pine needles everywhere and who knows what else. The body appears to be as solid as Sears! Although, that may have been a better description a decade or two ago than it is now. The body does appear to be rust-free for the most part but you can see that a few details are missing. You’ll have to be plugged in to a Glas or Goggomobile club to find some of the missing pieces for this car, but it’ll be worth it. Hagerty lists a #3 “good” car as being valued at $26,500 and a #2 “excellent” car as being valued at $37,000 (!) so there’s a lot of room for a nice restoration on this car, depending on what the seller’s reserve is. The seller isn’t some hayseed who doesn’t know anything about these cars, he drives an EV-converted Goggomobile T400 as we speak.
This is the lone interior photo but it doesn’t look as bad as I thought it would in there. Although, there’s a solid layer of pine needles, styrofoam packing peanuts, and assorted stuff scattered around. It looks pretty complete inside but there are no dash photos and no detail photos or behind the seats photos where the fuel shut-off would be, since there was a gravity fuel system on these cars. And, then there’s that underside..
Yep, a full, nut-and-bolt restoration will be in order here. I’m not sure if all of the fan shrouds and related engine parts are there, but I doubt it. There were three versions of the T-sedan (and, coupe, and van), the T250 had a 250 CC, 14-hp air-cooled twin, the T300 had a 293 CC, 15-hp twin, and the car for sale here is the hot rod T400 with a 392 CC with 18.5 hp! I think that this is a great project for someone who likes unusual, and valuable, little cars and has a lot of restoration talent to do a lot of the work him/herself. If you can do a lot of the work yourself you could do this for less than the value, but it depends on the seller’s reserve price. Are there any micro car fans out there?