Generally credited with developing the signature BMW kidney grille, the Ihle brothers, Frank and Thomas, of Bruchsal, Germany, also built such racing cars as a competition variant of the BMW Dixie. After selling their racing car business to BMW, they established “Gebr. Ihle,” which translates to “the brothers Ihle,” aimed at producing cars for amusement parks and fairs.
These cars are extremely rare and collectible. This particular example is powered by a 125cc Hirth two-stroke, single-cylinder motor producing about seven horsepower, accessed through a simulated spare tire cover at the rear. With a length of only 93 inches and a weight of only about 600 pounds, it is a delightfully sprightly little motor car, finished in a light yellow and maroon with one of two available front nose sections from Ihle, the other of which was simply intended to create some model differentiation in Ihle’s lineup.
Slowing down from a projected top speed of about 25 mph is accomplished via rear cable brakes. As this particular Schottenring car has been restored to perfection and is one of a few examples in existence, it should be considered your grandchild’s first rare and desirable collector car in their collection!
The car has had longtime ownership and can be inspected in the Seattle area by appointment. Put this under the Christmas tree and watch the little faces light up with joy!