Photo from www.bbc.co.uk
Clearly, it is coming in Norwich, England.
What a great photograph and the woman’s smile is priceless.
If Dr. Seuss designed automobiles…
Made me smile, too. 🙂
That is cute right there.
If this doesn’t make you smile, you ARE a Scrooge!! 🙂
This from the same company that produced the He 280, the world’s first jet fighter but which never went operational like its competitor, the Me 262.
Hans Ohain enjoyed the full support of Ernst Heinkel in developing jets.
I was going to say, this looks like someone cut out the cockpit of a late ’30s fighter plane and stuck wheels on it.
All because Willy Messerschmidt was in the good graces of the Nazi party, while Ernst Heinkel definitely was not, by that point.
True but Heinkel made some crap planes like the,Heinkel 177 more lost in fires than combat!
From inside the Santa suit! Oddly perfect!
I love this .
Yesterday after a long & hard day wrangling vintage InLine engines , I put the illuminated Christmas Wreath on my old Mercedes Diesel Sports Coupe , cleaned up and put on my Santa Hat and Snow Man Tie ~ lets the Holidayze begin ! .
It still looks like the future even though it’s 52 years old; like a past vision of a future that never was. (That’s a little confusing.) It’s easy to see why Terry Gillian used one like it in his retro-futuristic “Brazil.”
That’s a Messerchmitt rather than a Heinkel – but I agree with your point.
What a cute picture! Perfect for Christmas!!
+1 called bubble cars when I was a kid in 60s Britain.Thanks Roger
Please excuse the childish sniggering, but “Trojan” is a brand name you’ll never see used on an automobile in the states. That’s because its the brand of the best known and longest marketed condom over here. And is so synonymous with condoms that it’ll never be used for anything else.
These were the reason that the Mini was developed – to give bubble car drivers a real car for not too much more money.
I bought a Sprinter cab chasis in 2006. I had the dealer put a 15 foot box body on it. The dealer sent it to Trojan Truck Body, inc in Troy, Alabama. When it came back there was a nice sized badge on the front of the box telling everyone that it was a “Trojan”. The first thing my brother in law said after seeing the truck was “Why is it named after a condom”? It was a good body, though. It is still being used two years after I sold the truck with over a quarter million miles on it.
Trojan was a British car manufacturer making wacky but cheap-to-run cars in the 20s and 30s. After the war they made vans only, and by the 60s they were reduced to making Heinkel bubble cars under licence. Later they manufactured McLaren (customer) racing cars for several years, but eventually they were wound up.
They also sold horses too didn’t they? 😉
Trojan records were named after the truck.Specialised in ska and reggae artists.
Hey look, it’s Mrs. Claus. Kind of like the police car in Whoville in the Grinch movie.
I’ve loved these ever since our next door neighbour brought one home back around ’61 or !
That’s great! Wonder where you get a hat that big…
It’s too bad Heinkel never made the transition to building real cars.
The Smart car of the 60’s.
A picture, that will make anybody smile 🙂
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