Lot 138 - 1959 Heinkel Trojan 200
|Odometer reading||24,578 miles|
|Result||Sold - £9,520|
The Heinkel was introduced in Germany in 1954 by 'its namesake' Professor Ernst Heinkel. Being the builder of the first rocket powered aircraft and supplying the Nazi war effort with some extremely effective machinery, Heinkel's aircraft company experienced financial problems after World War II as the need for aircraft dramatically dropped. Inspired by the Isetta, Ernst Heinkel then set about building his own version of the 'bubble car'. 'The Heinkel' featured an opening front that led to a bench type seat and unlike the Isetta, the steering column was static when the door was opened. The last German built Heinkel was made in June 1958 (the year that Ernst Heinkel died) and it was then that the Irish Government started negotiations for a takeover bid. The bid was successful with production of the Heinkel moving to Dundalk in Ireland. In 1963, Trojan of Croydon took over the plant and production was switched to Croydon, England where they continued to make the Heinkel under the new name of the Trojan, the engines of which were still manufactured in Germany. With the Trojan later being modified to righthand drive for the UK market, production continued until 1965 when the competition against the Austin Mini put a strain on sales.
Originally registered on the 28th July, 1959, this Trojan has been owned by the current vendor since 2008 and forms part of his extensive collection of microcars. We are advised this Heinkel runs well and she was last taxed and used on the road in 2014. The paintwork appears to be original and is a testament to the quality of these interesting vehicles; the interior has been re-trimmed at some stage although to a good standard. This Heinkel is by no means a concours example but she does present in a perfectly useable and tidy condition. Supplied with a V5C registration document and an owners manual.
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