Heinkel Kabine

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Heinkel Kabine
ManufacturerHeinkel Flugzeugwerke (1956-1958)[1]
Dundalk Engineering Company (Ireland, 1958)[1]
Trojan (UK, 1960-1966)[2]
Los Cedros S.A. (Argentina, 1960-1965)
Also calledTrojan 200
ClassMicrocar
Body styleone-door sedan.
LayoutRMR layout, three or four wheels[1]
EngineHeinkel four-stroke single-cylinder engine
Transmission4 speed plus reverse.
Length2,550 mm (100.4 in) [3]
Width1,370 mm (53.9 in)[3]
Height1,320 mm (52.0 in)[3]
Curb weight243 kg (535.7 lb)[3]
 
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Heinkel Kabine
ManufacturerHeinkel Flugzeugwerke (1956-1958)[1]
Dundalk Engineering Company (Ireland, 1958)[1]
Trojan (UK, 1960-1966)[2]
Los Cedros S.A. (Argentina, 1960-1965)
Also calledTrojan 200
ClassMicrocar
Body styleone-door sedan.
LayoutRMR layout, three or four wheels[1]
EngineHeinkel four-stroke single-cylinder engine
Transmission4 speed plus reverse.
Length2,550 mm (100.4 in) [3]
Width1,370 mm (53.9 in)[3]
Height1,320 mm (52.0 in)[3]
Curb weight243 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 Production was transferred under licence to Dundalk Engineering Company in Ireland in 1958 but the licence was withdrawn shortly afterwards due to poor quality control[1] Production restarted in 1960, again under licence, under the Trojan 200 name by Trojan Cars Ltd.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

Heinkel Tourist interior
Photo by Frode Inge Helland
Heinkel Kabine engines
Type:175 Typ 153200 Typ 154200 Typ 154
Production dates1956–195719561957–1958
Engine1-Cylinder air-cooled 4-Stroke
Valvetrainoverhead valve (ohv)
Bore x Stroke60 x 61.5 mm65 x 61.5 mm64 x 61.5 mm
Displacement174 cm³204 cm³198 cm³
Power6.8 kW (9,2 PS)
at 5500 RPM
7.4 kW (10 PS)
at 5500 RPM
7.4 kW (10 PS)
at 5500 RPM
Maximum torque12.9 Nm at 4450 RPM13.2 Nm at 4700 RPM13.2 Nm at 4700 RPM
Compression7.4 : 16.8 : 16.8 : 1
Electrical12 Volt
Transmission4-speed shifter with inside left (Kulissenschaltung)
Structure"Motocoupé" with front door
Curb Weight250 kg290 kg290 kg
GVWR475 kg510 kg510 kg
Length x Width x Height2550 x 1370 x 1320 mm
Wheelbase1760 mm
Track front/rear1225 mm / 01225 mm / 220 mm1225 mm / 220 mm
8,5 m
Tire size4.40–10"4.40–10"4.40–10"
Fuel economyca. 4 l/100 km
Top speed87 km/h90 km/h90 km/h

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