The auctioned Scooter: 85,100 euros for the smallest car in the world

Scooters, cabin scooters and scooter vehicles: The Dorotheum, The largest auction house in Central Europe as it’s said by its website, auctioned rare mobility eyewitnesses from the 1950s. A Peel P.50, three-wheeled microcar, brought 85,100 euros.

After the Second World War Europe drove bike, scooter and Mobile scooter. Some of the rarities are now coming under the hammer in the Doroetheum. The small vehicles come from a collection and are mostly in their original, but often not perfect, condition. A Peel P.50 from 1963, the “smallest car in the world”, brought in 85,100 euros, according to the auction house. A slightly larger Peel Trident was auctioned for 66,700 euros. The highest bids for a Messerschmitt KR 175 cabin scooter climbed to 36,800 euros. Small cars were also sold: a 1958 Steyr Puch 500 brought 32,200 euros, a BMW 600 was auctioned for 35,650 euros.

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Road cruiser on two wheels

They are called Maico, Kleinschnittger or Fulda – just like their inventor or the place of their origin. As simple as the naming was, the bodies came across as imaginative: expansive, two-tone paint, lavishly chrome-plated. Street cruiser in small format, on two, three or four wheels. Some looked like sports cars washed too hot or futuristic visions of the future.

Peel P50: the smallest car in the world

Intended for basic mobility and paths that were too far or too wet to run. For example, the Peel, which came from the Isle of Man and was intended for one person. Topgear consequently tried out the car in the office, drove the smallest car in the world in the elevator and through the corridors of the editorial office.

Maicomobil: A scooter like a car

The opposite of the tiny peel is perhaps the Maicomobil. The Maico scooter is basically a packaged motorcycle that should protect its rider from rain and cold with a lavish covering. Unlike a typical scooter, the engine sits in front of the driver. Some of the technology comes from the M 150 motorcycle. The engine initially produced 8.5 and later 9 HP. From 1954 the displacement increased to 200 cubic and the power to 11 HP. By 1956, over 9,000 units had been built, one of which cost a third of a VW Beetle.

Messerschmitt cabin scooter KR 175

Fritz Fend, who had constructed aircraft during the Second World War, was looking for employment after the end of the war. Aircraft were initially no longer allowed to be built in Germany. So he mobilized on a small scale. From a pedal bike with bicycle parts and a motorcycle engine, a vehicle for the disabled developed: the Fend speedster had 4.5 HP and cost 1285 D-Mark. After Fend had met his old employer Willy Messerschmitt, who was looking for a new purpose for his decommissioned aircraft factories, the idea got going: The mobile was expanded by a seat and a roof hood, the cabin scooter was born. The 10 HP of the Fichtel & Sachs two-stroke engine was sufficient for 100 km / h. A cabin scooter cost between 2,100 and 2,500 Deutschmarks.


With the scooters and scooter vehicles, the Dorotheum auctioned real time motorhomes from the 1950s, the concepts of which are still relevant today. See Microlino or other ideas; Minimalism was popular at the time because of a lack of resources, and it may be today – to conserve resources. Apart from that, you can just find the vehicles of the 50s just beautiful. Maybe also because today nobody has to drive with it every day.