The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum | Lot 256
1959 Glas Isard 400 Coupe
$42,550 USD | Sold
| Madison, Georgia
15 February 2013
Manufacturer: Hans Glas GmbH, Dingolfing
Origin: Bavaria, West Germany
Motor: 2-cyl, 2-stroke, air-cooled
Displacement: 392 cc
Power: 20 hp
Length: 9 ft. 6.2 in.
Identification No. 02134917
Goggomobil: even the name sounds fun and peppy. Nonetheless, the moniker proved problematic when selling in foreign markets. In French, “goggo” was a slang term used to refer to an unwanted item, and Hans Glans definitely wanted the French to buy his car. As a result, the tiny German automobiles built for French-speaking markets were dubbed Isards.
The Isard offered here from the Bruce Weiner Microcar Collection is the T400, with the desirable, larger 400-cubic centimeter two-stroke engine, which utilizes a combination of oil and gasoline that is fed by an automatic pump. The car is attractively finished in pale blue and white, with a surprisingly sporty two-tone interior, giving it something of the appearance of a toy Lancia Aurelia. While it may have been repainted in the past, it appears original in many respects, and it would be ideal to drive and enjoy.