Heinkel Kabine

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Heinkel Kabine
Paris - Bonhams 2013 - Heinkel kabine micro car - 1957 - 006.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Heinkel Flugzeugwerke (1956–1958)[1]
Dundalk Engineering Company (Ireland, 1958)[1]
Trojan (UK, 1960–1966)[2]
Los Cedros S.A. (Argentina, 1960–1965)
Also called Trojan 200
Body and chassis
Class Microcar
Body style One-door sedan.
Layout RMR layout, three or four wheels[1]
Powertrain
Engine Heinkel four-stroke single-cylinder engine
Transmission 4 speed plus reverse.
Dimensions
Length 2,550 mm (100.4 in) [3]
Width 1,370 mm (53.9 in)[3]
Height 1,320 mm (52.0 in)[3]
Curb weight 243 kg (535.7 lb)[3]

The Heinkel Kabine was a microcar designed by Heinkel Flugzeugwerke and built by them from 1956 to 1958. Production was transferred under licence to Dundalk Engineering Company in Ireland in 1958 but the licence was withdrawn shortly afterwards due to poor quality control.[1] Production restarted in 1960, again under licence, under the Trojan 200 name by Trojan Cars Ltd. in the UK, and continued until 1966.[2]

Rear 3/4 view of 1961 Trojan 200

The Heinkel Kabine were also assembled from 1959 to 1962 under licence by Los Cedros S.A.[4][5] As Heinkel in Argentina, they were built alongside Studebaker pickups.

Production began in March 1956 with the Kabine Model 150, using the 174 cc 9.2 hp single-cylinder four-stroke engine that powered the Heinkel Tourist scooter.[6] In October 1956, Heinkel introduced the Kabine Model 153 (with three wheels) and the Kabine Model 154 (with four wheels), both with 204 cc engines. The engines in these models were later reduced in capacity to 198 cc for insurance purposes.[1]

The Kabine had a steel unit body.[1] Access to the interior was by an opening front, but in order not to infringe Iso Rivolta's patent used on the Isetta, the steering wheel did not move with the door. However, it did feature a reverse gear, unlike some other bubble cars. The fabric sun roof served as an emergency escape hatch should the sole door in front become jammed in a collision.

Specifications[edit]

Heinkel Tourist interior
Photo by Frode Inge Helland
Heinkel Kabine engines
Type: 175 Typ 153 200 Typ 154 200 Typ 154
Production dates 1956–1957 1956 1957–1958
Engine 1-cylinder air-cooled 4-stroke
Valvetrain overhead valve (ohv)
Bore x stroke 60 mm (2.4 in) x 61.5 mm (2.4 in) 65 mm (2.6 in) x 61.5 mm (2.4 in) 64 mm (2.5 in) x 61.5 mm (2.4 in)
Displacement 174 cc 204 cc 198 cc
Power 6.8 kW (9,2 PS)
at 5500 rpm
7.4 kW (10 PS)
at 5500 rpm
7.4 kW (10 PS)
at 5500 rpm
Maximum torque 12.9 N·m (10 lb·ft) at 4450 rpm 13.2 N·m (10 lb·ft) at 4700 rpm 13.2 N·m (10 lb·ft) at 4700 rpm
Compression 7.4 : 1 6.8 : 1 6.8 : 1
Electrical 12 volt
Transmission 4-speed shifter at the left side (Kulissenschaltung)
Structure "Motocoupé" with front door
Curb weight 250 kg (551 lb) 290 kg (639 lb) 290 kg (639 lb)
GVWR 475 kg (1,047 lb) 510 kg (1,124 lb) 510 kg (1,124 lb)
Length x width x height 2550 x 1370 x 1,320 mm (52.0 in)
Wheelbase 1,760 mm (69.3 in)
Track front/rear 1225 mm / 0 1225 mm / 220 mm 1225 mm / 220 mm
Turning radius 8,5 m
Tire size 4.40–10" 4.40–10" 4.40–10"
Fuel economy ca. 4 l/100 km
Top speed 87 km/h (54 mph) 90 km/h (56 mph) 90 km/h (56 mph)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum: 1956 Heinkel Kabine". Microcarmuseum.com. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  2. ^ a b Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum: 1963 Trojan 200
  3. ^ a b c d "Technical specifications of 1957 Heinkel Kabine". Carfolio.com. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  4. ^ "Scooter and Microcar Club of Argentina: Microcar's History". Microautos.com.ar. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  5. ^ Heinkel-Trojan_Club.co.uk. "Heinkel-Trojan Club Newsletter: Editorial Ramblings - Argentinean Production". Heinkel-trojan-club.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  6. ^ "Cabin Cruisers". Heinkel Trojan Club. Retrieved 9 December 2011.