The Class 121 railcar ran until recently on the Cardiff Queen Street - Bay shuttle and was popularly known as "Bubble Car
With greater personal wealth following the end of the second world war this was exploited by manufacturers such as Messerschmitt and BMW, whose bubble cars
offered greater protection from the elements than motorcycles which up until then had been the most affordable means of powered personal transport.
Designer Sir Alec Issigonis was commissioned by The British Motor Corporation to devise a small car with four seats to compete with the boom in sales of German bubble cars
Bald, and standing proudly atop the Tango topless bus, Tango man and his glamourous little helpers lead the way, escorted by five Tangolimos (orange bubble cars
Original bubble cars
from the 1950s now fetch pounds 12-pounds 15,000.
Andy says: "As you can see, he sold everything from Jaguars to bubble cars
, scooters and motorcycles."
His garage must be bigger than most homes, containing as it does assorted F1 cars, American classics, bubble cars
, a newly-restored Ford Mustang and assorted oddities.
But there were also popular bubble cars
, which didn't occupy much space and ran economically on small engines.
He said: "There was quite a cult following for them in the 50s and it is true that a tiny amount of them cannot reverse - I have heard of funny tales about bubble cars
being driven against walls and people not being able to drive them away again.
The Peel Trident - one of only a handful of bubble cars
built on the Isle of Man from 1965-6 - was first registered to an owner in Middlesbrough in 1965.
We could be looking at as much as pounds 15,000, which means that the original concept of the Mini as transport to replace scooters and bubble cars
, a car for the people, a car of simplicity, integrity and design audacity, will be lost forever.
"God damn these bloody awful bubble cars
," Sir Leonard Lord, head of the British Motor Corporation, was reported as telling Issigonis.