This microcar just oozes personality. It has the patina that car guys kill for and looks that tug at the heart strings like an internet kitten video. Such a small number of these cars were built, it's rare to find one in survivor condition, let alone with the very desirable 392cc engine.
Little is known of the early history of this car. We do know that collector Mark Swift found this Goggomobil several years ago in survivor condition and subsequently gave it to a friend to restore. Upon inspection, the two of them decided to preserve the integrity of the originality of the car and simply carry out a mechanical refurbishment. All mechanical and electrical systems (brakes, tires, wiring, light bulbs etc) were addressed so that the car could be driven reliably and safely. Parts to complete this work were purchased from well known Goggo parts supplier Uwe Staufenberg in Germany. In fact, upon completion of this work, Mr Swift drove this TS400 to a special microcar show at the Lars Anderson Museum, as can be evidenced from this YouTube video.
Late in 2015, it was purchased by it's current owner and in mid-2016, the 395cc engine was completely rebuilt by marque expert Larry Newberry. The bumpers were recently refinished to protect from degradation. It was only under very careful consideration that was the refinishing of these parts were carried out. It was thought better to keep the originals and even bring them back to their “as new” state, than lose them to the crust of time and be forced to replace them with reproductions. Other than that, the car appears to be predominantly original.
Goggomobil is the brand name for a line of cars made by Glas, a small German automaker active in the 1950s and 1960s. Blas was eventually absorbed by BMW in 1966, but cars were still produced under the Goggomobil nameplate until 1969. Goggomobil cars were imported into the United States by Continental Car Combine in New York City from 1955 to 1961. The basic Goggomobil platform is a unibody chassis stamped from steel and welded with a central tube and diagonal ribs for support. Goggomobil cars were first built in a variety of forms, including a two-door sedan called the T300 and a two-door coupe called the TS, which was sold as the TS250, TS300 and TS400. The TS400 (TS for 'Touring Sport') was made available from 1957 with a 392cc 20 horsepower engine and a semi-automatic transmission.
Microcars have steadily grown in stature with the exposure they've been receiving at major auctions. Hagarty puts the value of a :Good” to “Excellent” Goggomobil TS400 at $27,500 to $40,000.The real value of a survivor like this little beauty, in today's preservation-crazy market may even surpass an “Excellent” value. These microcars just don't exist in this condition, with special attention paid to drivability while retaining originality.
A wonderful little original patina car with a character and presence that can't be “created”. Comes with a binder full of receipts and paperwork. This beauty will steal the show at any car event and would probably stop traffic (in a good way) driving down Main Street.