1959 Trojan 200

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Rare Trojan based on Heinkel Kabine
  • UK-made microcar
  • Older restoration in smart, presentable condition
  • Wonderfully quirky and fun

THE APPEAL


Microcars have a huge cult following, the models of the 1950s/60s ‘Bubble Car’ era in particular. 

One of the most popular among collectors is the Heinkel Kabine, developed by a German aircraft maker and essentially a helicopter cockpit with wheels, hence the unusual glass area and rounded front end styling. It’s a quirky thing to look at and a hilarious thing to drive.

It was introduced in 1956, but to get around import legislation in certain markets Heinkel worked with partners in markets around the world to build them. As a result, Heinkels were made in places as diverse as Buenos Aires, Dundalk and, er… Croydon.

This is one of the Surrey-made models – a 1959 Trojan 200, built under licence by the Trojan Motor Company in 1959. Originally a UK car, it left to join a collection overseas and was reimported (and re-registered) in 1983. It’s a smart but older restoration that has spent much of its life (including with its current owner) in private microcar collections.


THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK


  • Exported and reimported – declared manufactured 1959
  • Re-registered in UK in 1983
  • UK V5C
  • Age-related non-transferable registration
  • MOT and tax exempt
  • Rally plaques and plates from events car has been shown at
  • Affectionately known as “Maureen” by past two owners
  • Plated as a tricycle, so can be driven with a motorbike licence



THE INTERIOR


  • Two-seater
  • Front bench with access via hinged front door
  • Left-hand drive
  • Storage nets
  • Luggage area behind rear seats
  • Three-spoke steering wheel
  • “Trojan” steering wheel boss
  • Heinkel logo in instrument binnacle
  • Good overall condition
  • One small nick in seat fabric


THE EXTERIOR 


  • Smart respray in dark red/maroon
  • Solid underneath with original floor
  • Exterior finish is largely good, with no signs of structural rust
  • Very slight bubbling behind one wheel arch
  • Original steel wheels with good period tyres
  • Older repaint with a handful of minor marks and chips, but nothing of any significance
  • All original chrome, trim and badges present and correct
  • Chrome luggage rack
  • Some pitting to chrome around rear light lenses
  • Very good overall condition



THE MECHANICS 


  • 198cc single-cylinder four-stroke 
  • Starts and runs
  • Four-speed transmission with reverse
  • Vendor reports that car will benefit from a new battery as existing one loses charge overnight
  • Otherwise said to be mechanically good and great fun to drive


SUMMARY


Here is a very rare opportunity to buy one of the most unusual bubble cars of the breed – a genuine Croydon-built Trojan in sympathetically restored but largely original condition. 

It’s a comical thing to drive, looks great and is sold in good working order – a classic that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face as well as on the face of anyone else who encounters it out and about. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1983
  • Make Trojan
  • Model 200
  • Colour Maroon
  • Odometer 20,289 Miles
  • Engine size 198
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Saint Olaves
  • Location Norfolk
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
24 bids
  • mi•••• £11,750 28/11/22
  • DC•••• £11,500 28/11/22
  • mi•••• £11,250 28/11/22
  • DC•••• £11,000 28/11/22
  • DC•••• £10,750 28/11/22
  • mi•••• £10,500 28/11/22
  • DC•••• £10,250 27/11/22
  • mi•••• £10,000 26/11/22
  • Wi•••• £8,000 25/11/22
  • mi•••• £5,000 25/11/22

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