A PAIR of super-rare microcars are expected to sell for thousands of pounds at a Somerset auction.

Auctioneers Charterhouse is hosting a sale of classic and vintage cars on Sunday, June 23, featuring two very unusual lots.

“Microcars have for many years been overlooked by collectors and generally regarded as a poor man’s mode of transport.” said Matthew Whitney, from Charthouse.

“However, that has all changed in the 21st century as the microcar market is hot to trot with people recognising their quirky design and unusual looks.”

The two microcars in the auction share several points in common.

Unusually for cars, they both have just one door, three wheels and can only accommodate two passengers.

First up there is a 1959 Messerschmitt KR200 which has been languishing in a barn for decades.

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FIND: The 1959 Messerschmitt KR200

A rare survivor, only a fraction of the 40,000 made exist today, it retains the original engine and gearbox.

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An excellent basis for restoration, it appears the only missing component is the Perspex “bubble” roof. Being offered for auction the owner has decided he will never get around to restoring this diminutive car and has entered it into the auction without reserve, although he hopes it will sell for £3,000-5,000.

This is then followed by a 1972 Bond Bug 700ES.

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RARE: The 1972 Bond Bug 700ES

The vast majority of Bond Bugs, with their distinctive wedge shape, were finished in bright tangerine orange. However, the Charterhouse Bug is painted in a rare lime green.

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With only 2,270 Bond Bugs made, this super cool ‘70s icon in rare lime green Bug is estimated at £10,000-12,000.

Charterhouse are now accepting further entries for the classic & vintage car auction on June 23 at The Bristol Classic Car Show, Shepton Mallet, and their next specialist auction of classic and vintage motorcycles on August 10 at the Haynes International Motor Museum.

Contact Matthew Whitney and the team at Charterhouse on 01935 812277, or email cars@charterhouse-auction.com.