Scooter tycoon, 62, dubbed the ‘Swiss Elon Musk’ reinvents THAT iconic 1960s runaround car 


Bubble and squeeze! Scooter tycoon, 62, dubbed the ‘Swiss Elon Musk’ reinvents THAT iconic 1960s runaround car

  • Bubble cars are floating off the production line and this time they’re electric
  • They have been redesigned for the modern age by scooter tycoon Wim Ouboter
  • Mr Ouboter has unveiled his shiny Microlino bubble cars, costing from £13,200

They fell out of fashion in the 1960s with the rise of the Fiat 500.

But bubble cars are floating off the production line again – and this time they’re electric.

The cars have been redesigned for the modern age by scooter tycoon Wim Ouboter, nicknamed the ‘Swiss Elon Musk’. 

Mr Ouboter, who since 1997 has sold 50million lightweight Micro Scooters, has now unveiled his shiny Microlino bubble cars, costing from £13,200. They are 8ft long and 5ft wide, meaning three can be squeezed sideways into a parking space.

They fell out of fashion in the 1960s with the rise of the Fiat 500. But bubble cars are floating off the production line again – and this time they’re electric

The model is inspired by the original Isetta bubble car, which was driven by celebrities including actor Cary Grant despite being a budget vehicle. 

Former banker Mr Ouboter, 62, said: ‘Scooters got people moving and have saved countless unnecessary car journeys.

‘I believe that a similar change in mindset is now vital for urban car travel in order to radically reduce CO2.’

The first 500 Microlinos will be sold in Germany, Italy and Switzerland this year, and it is hoped the car will arrive in Britain by spring.

Classic versions of the iconic bubble car are extremely valuable today.

A collection of 47 microcars and bubble cars dating from 1954 to 1992 that once formed the basis of a husband and wife’s automotive museum will be sold to the highest bidder, and is expected to fetch more than £190,000 at auction.

And earlier this month, Silverstone Auctions announced that a 1957 BMW Isetta 600 previously owned by the late Sir Stirling Moss will be going to the block with an estimated value of up to £60,000.

Mr Ouboter, who since 1997 has sold 50million lightweight Micro Scooters, has now unveiled his shiny Microlino bubble cars, costing from £13,200

Mr Ouboter, who since 1997 has sold 50million lightweight Micro Scooters, has now unveiled his shiny Microlino bubble cars, costing from £13,200

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