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Heinkel Cabin Scooter - 3 wheeler
The advent of curious little bubble cars gave the cash-strapped wannabee car-owner a new option, one with a roof over their head to keep the elements out. Many motorcyclists switched to running a 3 wheeler, and retired their biking leathers to the garden shed.
The Mini's success in the early 60s certainly did for bubble sales in the UK, and these micro-cars, from manufacturers such as Messerschmitt, Heinkel, Trojan, BMW (Isetta) and many less-well known makers, gradually disappeared from our roads. The golden age of three wheelers was all but over, their memory being kept alive today by the enthusiastic actions of dedicated bubble car fans around the world.
175cc Heinkel bubble car hand-book
I've no idea how easy or difficult it is to find original Heinkel literature these days, but I was
The condition of this handbook is poor, but it was evidently a cheaply-produced publication in the first place, being printed as it was on very low-grade paper. The cover features the best illustration of this classic little Heinkel (an aircraft manufacturer, don't forget). It shows a cheery driver, two chirpy children in the capacious rear compartment, and his blond fraulein stood looking out of the fold-back sunroof. The manufacturer's address is given too - Ernst Heinkel - Stuttgart - Karlsruhe - Speyer (in Germany, of course). Heinkels and Trojans were built at various plants across the globe, located in Germany, England, Ireland and even Argentina.
For those with an inclination to collect oil under their broken fingernails, here is some of the technical data given within the crumpled pages of this owner's manual: |
For more information specific to Heinkels, I'd recommend having a look at a specialist website, such as that for the Heinkel-Trojan Club. To advertise for parts, try the Heinkel 3 wheeler page in the classifieds section here at oldclassiccar, its free to use, so it might be worth listing any spares 'wants' or items you have for sale on here.
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