By Maz Woolley
Autocult’s latest releases bring us the usual mix of the every day and the completely obscure. These models are made in resin to 1:43 scale in China for Autocult.
This small car was made in Australia. It used the same 500cc engine as the Messerschmidt Tiger and was inspired by the Meadows Frisky. Sadly it sold poorly and ended its days as a curiosity rather than a success.
This tiny car launched after the second World War in Italy used wheelbarrow wheels it was so small and looks more like a pedal car than a real one. Its eccentric layout meant that the steering wheel was in the middle and the gear lever on the left a real challenge to drive if there were two people sitting in it! It was powered by a 125cc engine giving it just enough speed to keep up with City traffic. Unsurprisingly it did not sell well even at a time when people were desperate for new cars.
Used today for Factory tours this curiosity was never approved for road use due to concerns over the safety of the passengers.
Another curiosity. Used to transport heavy testing equipment it spent its life at the Mercedes-Benz test track. Although based upon the 300D extensive changes were made to the vehicle to suit it to its role.
And now for the sensible item! Kaeble had a long relationship with the German Railways, whose livery this model appears in. This tractor unit was powered by a strong diesel unit of 11.9 litres. It could pull a trailer with a heavy locomotive or heavy railway equipment.