Glas Goggomobil TS250

EN­GINE 298cc/2-cyl/OHV POWER 15bhp@5000rpm TORQUE 17.4lb ft@5500rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 53mph 0-60MPH 27.9sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 46-51mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual MoT March 2018 ODOME­TER 66,053 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Matt Richard­son

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

De­spite its tiny pro­por­tions this Goggomobil is en­gi­neered bet­ter than many full-size cars. The ex­tremely light steer­ing means that it’s pos­si­ble to in­ad­ver­tently change di­rec­tion if you look away for a mo­ment. And this is some­thing you of­ten do, be­cause the floor-mounted gear shift gate – which is open, Fer­rari-style – is ro­tated 90 de­grees. As such, shift­ing from first to se­cond and third to fourth in­volves a left to right move­ment. Counter-in­tu­itive, but sat­is­fy­ingly clean and me­chan­i­cal. Oddly there is also a pre­s­e­lect gear shift us­ing a small joy­stick-type con­trol on the dash­board, al­though this wasn’t tested. The brake pedal feels soft, but with so lit­tle weight it stops the car well.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The body was re­stored about eight years ago and re­mains in great shape. The two-tone paint is near-per­fect, with only a cou­ple of tiny chips in it and the bright­work is ex­cel­lent. The smooth chrome trim is new, but the orig­i­nal badges and more com­pli­cated parts have pol­ished up nicely. The wheels are tiny, the 10-inch tyres look re­cent and the hub­caps are in good con­di­tion. The big sui­cide doors are an un­usual touch, and there is no boot or bon­net lid at the front.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

Sur­pris­ingly spa­cious. The high roof, low seats and large glass area make for an airy feel. Front leg room is very good as there is noth­ing in the front of the car. The turned metal dash is strik­ing and loaded with de­tail – styled like a 1950s Amer­i­can car, it looks like a toy Chevro­let. The seat fab­ric is in great con­di­tion, with just a small run of stitch­ing split be­tween the vinyl and cloth on the driver’s seat back. Rub­ber floor cov­er­ings and Goggomobil branded mats are fit­ted but there are no seat belts and the spare wheel lives, un­der the dash­board.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

There’s not much to see in the rear en­gine com­part­ment. The two-stroke, air-cooled mo­tor is mounted into the floor of the neatly painted and car­peted bay. The lit­tle mo­tor revs like a bike en­gine and starts on the but­ton. The grav­ity-fed petrol sys­tem means that it’s im­por­tant to turn off the fuel tap on the rear par­cel shelf or the en­gine will flood while parked. It’s cur­rently reg­is­tered by the DVLA as hav­ing a 300cc en­gine, rather than the TS250’s smaller unit.

THE CCW VIEW

Weird, unique, char­ac­ter­ful and enor­mous fun to drive. The unini­ti­ated would prob­a­bly think that this car is point­less, since it would take a brave per­son to drive this lit­tle coupé any­where near its top speed or on a dual car­riage­way. But it’s an in­cred­i­bly lov­able car that’s guar­an­teed to make you smile, and has been re­stored to a very high stan­dard.

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