Microcars - Peel, BMW Isetta and more


Microcars arose in post-war Europe as a way to get the impoverished masses back on the road. Better than a scooter or a bike (but not by much), they were cheap to operate and easy to fix. Europeans old enough to remember them when they were new don’t view them fondly; to that generation, they are a reminder of deprivation and hard times. To younger collectors, on the other hand, they’re impossibly cute and generally bigger attention-getters at shows than high-dollar exotics. The trouble is, some of them now cost more than high dollar exotics like Ferraris and Lamborghinis. RM Auctions’ recent sale of the Bruce Weiner microcar collection underscores that point. Here are some of the most expensive (on a cost-per-pound basis):

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2013/02/20/tiny-cars