The best catalog I’ve ever seen for a classic car auction was the one a pre-Sotheby’s RM did in 2013 for the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum sale. Not only were the cars small, but so was the catalog. Well, it was small in page size — a nice reflection of the cars on offer — but it was brick-thick in depth and good humor. It was downright delightful and someday will be collectible in its own right.
As a quick review, Bruce Weiner spent 15 years collecting micro cars from around the world and the auction at his museum in Madison, Georgia, drew an astounding number of collectors — some curious, some serious — who bid up the 200 mini automobiles and nearly 300 lots of automobilia offered to the tune of $9.1 million.
Most of the cars were produced in Europe in the 1950s, when a post-war world worked to put people back on the road, even if it was in small, three- or four-wheeled bubbles powered by scooter engines.
But fast forward a few decades and there was a resurgence in micro cars, which means that someday down the road, there will be another bidding war for the what we might term the Millennial Microcars produced around the time the calendar turned from the 20th to the 21st century.
Here are five cars we think will be the subject of bidding battles at that future auction:
Connie Moffett & Tom Pharr’s 1933 Studebaker coupe
Tim & Chris Lies’ 1956 Ford Ranch Wagon