We floo back in time to revisit Jean Shepherd’s WOR radio broadcasts on the Goggomobil, one of the earliest line of microcars of which the present day Smart Car is a descendant.
The wikipedia entry about Shep lists some of his favorite modes of transport: “At the time of the WOR radio show, Shepherd rode a Vespa motor scooter and parked it in the lobby of the WOR building, while at other periods during his WOR years, he drove a Morgan, a Rover, a Goggomobil*, a motorcycle, and a variety of other vehicles.” The picture above is from an advert in a 1959 issue of the literary magazine, Evergreen Review. Audio of his Goggomania phase will be available here, soon. Meanwhile take a look at how one 1957 model leaves the Smart Car in the dust.
More Goggomobils, in a family way.
* According to Shep’s audio commentary, his car was a TS-400 coupe. The model featured in the magazine advert was a T-700 coupe.
Update: Audio of Shep’s May 1959 Goggo pitches have been added to the caption above.
Further Update 10/01/11: Daimler’s Smart Car Sputters in Size-Obsessed U.S.