Posts Tagged ‘microcar’

Forgotten Import – 1982 Cub Commuter

April 8, 2014

Quick! Name a Taiwanese car imported to the United States! Couldn’t guess one, could you? Well, you’re not alone, no doubt because the Cub Commuter was not successful in getting Taiwan access to the growing North American car market. Built by Convenient Machines (isn’t that the company that makes those stair lifts?), its 400cc engine propelled the 600-lb. egg to 50mph. Judging by the 3 wheels alone, it would seem it was built on the same platform as a tuk-tuk, one of those southeast Asian scooter-taxis. The seller’s father is said to have bought the car new – you can find this 1982 Cub Commuter for sale for $2500 in Valley Grande, AL.

1982 Cub Commuter right rear


Be A King – 1959 NSU Prinz 30

January 6, 2014

In an ironic twist, the bulk of postwar microcars, built for (mostly) postwar European everyman, seem to be moving out of reach of today’s everyman collector. Recent sales show some microcars moving into the 6-figure stratosphere, to join pre-war Packards and post-war Porsches. So if you want the automotive equivalent of a scooter, you have to get creative. Look beyond the BMW Isettas and Messerschmitts, and you’ll find this 1959 NSU Prinz 30, for sale in Santa Margarita, CA with bidding at $222 and 9 1/2 days left to go.

1959 NSU Prinz for sale right front