I was recently ask how come there haven't been post about my Isetta restoration in a long time. The reason is that over the last several years I've been having some serious work space issues. My shop had become so crowded that it became difficult to work on the projects that provide my income as well as my beloved microcars and motorcycles. The time came that I needed to finish some long overdo remodeling projects that would provide me with more space and a more efficient shop. For almost a year, I've had my Isetta's and other vehicles pushed into a corner of the shop with blankets over them and plywood around them to protect them through the remodeling project. Recently I got to the point with my remodeling that I was able to unpack the cars and move them into their new more spacious surroundings and can once again work on them. I'm currently working on the Isetta's sunroof (with my wife's help) and should be posting about that in the near future. So there you have it, I had to take a break from my Isetta restoration for awhile, but hopefully I'll be finishing it up in the coming months.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Csepel motorcycles are quite rare in the United States, however there was at least two attempts to market and sell them in the US. The first attempt that I'm aware of in the late 1950's was by the Sava Sales Company out of Owosso, Michigan. They were marketed under their respective Pannonia and Danuvia models. Later in the 60's there was another attempt to market them by the White International Motors out of Santa Ana, California rebranded as White motorcycles.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Click on the photo to go to a great Flickr photo set from the 2002 Microcar Meet in Story Germany. Story was once home to the legendary now closed Story Auto Museum. When the Story Museum closed, many people wondered what happened to the collection. Great news, the owners of the Story Museum, Otto and Marianne Kunnecke have reached an agreement with the new P.S. Speicher Museum in Einbeck Germany to display the collection of microcars, scooters, and motorcycles. It was a sad day for microcar lovers in the US when the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum closed its doors and the cars were auctioned off to bidders from around the world. Thankfully the Kunnecke's collection is still intact and will once again be available for the public to enjoy.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
I recently bought a handful of 1950's French motorcycle magazines. Being a Csepel Danuvia owner, I really love the cover of this issue from March, 1954. It's a cut-away drawing of a Csepel 250 engine. There is also a four page revue of the Csepel 250 inside as well as a few ads for them. Apparently the Hungarian made Csepel's were marketed pretty hard in France as most of the magazines I purchased have ads for them.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
I'm not sure of the story behind this vintage photo I swiped off ebay. At first I thought these women were perhaps stewardess's, but after a little research, I think that those are probably WAC (Women's Army Corp.) uniforms. I also vaguely remember the auction description mentioning the photo was taken at an auto show.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
I'm guessing being an Isetta salesman in the land of bigger is better was a tough gig, and it's probably not much better for Smart Car dealerships today with the constant barrage of anti-Smart Car articles that are prevalent in the macho world of automotive journalism. There seems to be a pile on the little guy mentality in the US when it comes to small compact cars.