1960 bubble car goes from wood-lined crate to auction block

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This 1960 Heinkel Cabin Cruiser was produced in Ireland under license from its German creator | H&H Classics photos

After spending 36 years in a wood-lined container complete with a de-humidifier, a 1960 Heinkel Type 153 Cabin Cruiser bubble car will be featured in H&H Classics online auction scheduled for July 3.

“The Heinkel Cabin Cruiser in this sale is a cult classic which provides a great opportunity to buy a very characterful car that is in exceptionally original, low-mileage condition,” the auction company said.

“Following the re-location of production to Ireland in 1958 this Cabin Cruiser was ordered new by Mr E.S. Stock of Ipswich. The car left the factory during December 1959 and was registered to Mr Stock in Jan 1960. 

“He scarcely used the Heinkel but nonetheless mollycoddled it. Thus, much of the car’s original delivery paperwork still accompanied it when his estate put it up for sale in December 1983. 

“The vendor spotted an advert for the Heinkel in the back of the Sunday Times while having lunch with friends in London and bought it as a present for his infant son to enjoy in the future.”

The Heinkel Kabine was designed by Heinkel Flugzeugwerke and was produced from 1956-1958 by German aircraft manufacturer Ernst Heinkel. Production was moved under license to Dundalk Engineering Company in Ireland in 1958 and production resumed in 1960 and continued until 1966.

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The car on offer reportedly has been driven only 3,800 miles. H&H Classics expects it to sell for £20,000 to £24,000 ($25,360 to $30,500).

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. I remember seeing these in my youth. And what a fabulous condition it’s in! The fact that it was designed & manufactured post-war by Heinkel gives it extra cache. (When we were kids in the sixties we had a fold-out picnic table made by Messerschmitt – that made it very special, and rather sad, for me; a bit of a come down for a mighty aviation manufacturer.)

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