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Hector1
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1 of 26  Mon 13th Jan 2014 10:37pm  
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No I'm not talking aeroplanes but bubblecars. I have already sought information from Dave Aston whose relatives ran Light Cars in Gosford Street in the fifties and sixties, when they were main dealers for several three wheeler types, including Messerschmitts. I am one of three current owners of Messerschmitt bubblecars still living in the city. I recall several of these vehicles being seen regularly on Coventry's streets during the sixties and seventies. There was a purple cabriolet often seen outside Aubrey Allen's butchers shop on the Walsgrave Road. A chap called Len Roberts who worked at Walsgrave Hospital had a silver and black 1958 model which was his regular transport. Len used to live in the Willenhall Woods area. I also know of a chap called Bert Walker who worked at Morris Engines, who also had a Messerschmitt as his main form of transport, as he regularly carried a neighbour of mine to work there. A woman called Doris Hickton (a one time Bletchley Park worker) bought her Messerschmitt brand new in 1960 and was regularly to be seen driving around the Belgrave Rd area. My best friend, Arnold Chave, also informs me that one of the women teachers at Ravensdale School in the late fifties was also to be seen arriving at school in one of these iconic vehicles. My car, HEC619, came to me via a chap who lived in the Styvechale area, who had restored it in 1970. I am interested in any information people may have regarding these cars, and in particular relating to Bert Walker who was a well known figure within the Messerschmitt Owners' Club. Britain was a big market for these cars, with it is believed circa 40,000 vehicles having been sold.
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mcsporran
Coventry & Cebu
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2 of 26  Mon 13th Jan 2014 11:31pm  
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I spotted this Trojan bubble car last August in the car park at Cannon Park. I spoke to the owner who mentioned he had a Messerschmitt in his garage being kept for someone else. The previous August I spotted a Messerschmitt filling up at the Cannon Park petrol station. It was a light blue KR200 which I subsequently found was owned by Adam Quellin. Edited by member, 14th Jan 2014 12:39 pm
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Elaine
Coventry
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3 of 26  Thu 16th Jan 2014 1:50pm  
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My uncle had one of these in the fifties. He had taken me out for a ride in it - I must only have been 4 or 5 - and had just dropped me off home in Foster Road then he was on his way to my grandparents' house in Treherne Road when he turned it over in Beake Avenue. The car was written off but my uncle just stepped out of the wreckage with no injuries. My parents had a Bond Mini which someone crashed into.
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Hector1
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4 of 26  Sun 19th Jan 2014 3:40pm  
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Hi Elaine, He was very unlucky as they are only liable to turning over if the back tyre bursts or the rear wheel locks. Have you any pictures at all?
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woodford
coventry
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5 of 26  Sun 19th Jan 2014 9:52pm  
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I remember seeing these in the 50's and 60's. Bubble cars were amusing and our family always commented on them. My dad used to say that they were prone to turning over, but you've explained how that could happen! Big grin
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walrus
cheshire
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6 of 26  Mon 20th Jan 2014 12:34pm  
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I've an acquaintance who has a Sinclair C5 hanging up in his garage. He reckons that if he keeps it in pristine condition and for long enough it will be a good investment. Might well be right.
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Old Lincolnian
Coventry
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7 of 26  Wed 22nd Jan 2014 4:08pm  
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There's an urban legend about bubble car drivers. Because several of them had no reverse gear and you could only get out by opening the front of the car there was a story that a driver had driven right up to the end wall in his garage so been unable to get out the car and starved to death before anybody found him. Oh my
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scrutiny
coventry
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8 of 26  Wed 22nd Jan 2014 4:24pm  
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Little ditty. Someone I knew well had one of these little bubble cars with two handles on the front (bumpers). On Tile Hill Lane by the shops near Eastcotes, he hit the kerb, by sheer luck it tipped up onto the front end and jammed onto its door on the kerb. He had to wait for some nice people to kindly lift it back onto the wheels so he could get out. Big grin True.
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Old Lincolnian
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9 of 26  Wed 22nd Jan 2014 6:17pm  
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Maybe it's not a legend then Mattash A schoolfriend of mine had a Bond Minicar. It must have been the only car with a kickstart which was "conveniently" placed inside the bonnet. We had one or two interesting times when it he stalled it in traffic with people looking amazed and baffled as one of us stepped into the bonnet to restart it Big grin
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deanocity3
keresley
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10 of 26  Wed 22nd Jan 2014 6:24pm  
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Hope you love this from Top Gear 1992 - 'The Bubble Car'
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Hector1
Coventry
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11 of 26  Wed 22nd Jan 2014 10:41pm  
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If you watched the Top Gear excerpt and want a Messerschmitt Tiger now, one sold recently at auction in the USA for £220,000, a world record price for a microcar. If you have one tucked away in your garage let me know! Still looking for any information of Coventry's Messerschmitts or pictures.
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gangan
Stockton, Southam
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12 of 26  Fri 24th Jan 2014 12:25am  
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I had a Meadowsport Frisky in the 60's. 2 wheels at the front, 1 at the back and an Excelsior 350cc 2-stroke twin engine
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Hector1
Coventry
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13 of 26  Sat 25th Jan 2014 8:24pm  
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Did you know that the Meadows Frisky manufacturers were related to the Flowers brewery family in Stratford on Avon? Saw several at the National Microcar Show last year at Malvern including prototypes and the Meadows Frisky Sport model.
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Hector1
Coventry
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14 of 26  Tue 2nd Jun 2015 3:36pm  
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I have recently discovered that a firm called Birmingham Motor Sales of Foleshill Rd Coventry was supplying Messerschmitt bubblecars in 1958. Does anyone have any information about this motor dealership?.Also in connection with Messerschmitts I am trying to trace a man by the name of Roger Garnett who was heavily involved in a Messerschmitt group in Coventry during the 1960s.He used to work at the Daimler and I believe he has since moved out to Spain.
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bohica
coventry
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15 of 26  Tue 2nd Jun 2015 8:56pm  
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Is this worth following up? ebay Messerschmitt sale
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