BK Car Collection BK GROUP - Helsinki
Magnificent collection of common motor vehicles from 1920´s to 90´s
BK CAR COLLECTION It   all   started   with   a   bubble   car. This   collection   grew   during   30   years   from   one   scooter   to   over   50   vehicles. The   charm   of   such   bubble   and   micro   cars with 175 - 250 cc engines was reason for specializing. A briefing about our vehicles below. When   the   economy   improved   in   Europe   in   the   fifties,      there   became   a   growing   interest   for   upgrading   from   two   wheels   to   something   covered. German   scooter   and   motorcycle   manufacturers   having   suitable   engines   and   a   faithful   clientele   where   among   the   first   offering   inexpensive solutions.      BMW   and   Heinkel      offered   bubble   cars   with   3   or   4   wheels.   Goggo   known   for   scooters   offered   a   4-wheel   GOGGOMOBIL   based   on   their   250 cc   engine.   VESPA   joined   in   with   a   4-wheel   micro   car   manufactured   in   France.   Zundapp   and   NSU   known   for   motorcycles   and   scooters   also   started manufacturing 4-seater micro cars.  An   exception   to   the   motorcycle   manufacturing   background      was   the   MESSERSCHMITT   a   3-wheeler   created   by   the   famous   airplane   manufacturer.     This   bubble   with   2   wheels   in   the   front   and   a   single   wheel   in   the   back   seating   two   'in   a   row'   was   one   of   the   kind.   BMW   Isetta   is   assumingly   the   best internationally   known   bubble   car.   The   3-wheel   solutions   were   mainly   aiming   at   the   British   market   where   these   had   a   tax   benefit.   There   were several British made micro cars as well, all 3-wheelers none of which originating from motorcycle manufacturers. France,   Great   Britain   and   Italy   never   really   had   any   larger   number   of   micro   cars.   They   had   their   own   inexpensive   small   cars   seating   4.   Best   known would be FIAT TOPOLINO, starting from 1936. RENAULT 4 CV and CITROEN 2 CV from France as well as AUSTIN and MORRIS from Britain. The   German   market,   stepping   up   with   the   improving   economy   in   the   sixties,   offering      also   inexpensive   'real   cars'   such   as   OPEL   KADETT   and   FORD TAUNUS 12 M. The   collection   has   also   in   addition   to   the   above   a   representation   from   the   sixties   of   the   growing   Eastern   European   manufacturing. All   inexpensive low   quality   vehicles;   East   Germany   presenting   IFA   F8   and   F9   later   followed   by   ZWICKAU   and   TRABI.   The   SOVIET   UNION   made   MOSKVITSH   and Czechoslovakia manufactured SKODA. ALL THE ABOVE ARE COMMON, INEXPENSIVE CARS NOT USUALLY REPRESENTED IN COLLECTIONS. THIS COLLECTION IS HOUSED IN HELSINKI, FINLAND. BK GROUP, HELSINKI
Photos mainly by Matti Kreivilä. Historical facts and technical details of the vehicles provided by Wikipedia. Movies YouTube.