The Polish factory of Państwowe Zakłady Lotnicze - State Aviation Works (the factory was also known as WSK for few years) made the Russian MiG-15 fighter planes in Poland during the fifties. After the contract ended the management didn’t want the Plant to go idle and so decided to produce other products such as kitchen utensils, cutlery and milk processing machines. One more product that they had in mind was to produce a car.
The Mikrus MR-300 microcar evolved with the following parameters,
- it should seat 4 passengers (2 adults + 2 children)
- it should travel a distance of 100 km with only 4 litres of petrol
- it should have 4 wheels
- the car should not exceed 400 kg weight
The engineers who had so much amount of experience in making fighter planes designed this car borrowing some elements of the German made Goggomobil. It was 1957.
The car panels were made using the same stamping presses that were used for making the MiG-15 fuselage. The engine was a 2-stroke, 2-cylinder air-cooled 300 cc 14 hp engine. It ran at a top speed of 100 km/hr. The car was launched with much fanfare in 1958 to an overwhelming response from the public.
But there was one drawback – and that was the roar of this 300cc engine. It made such a deafening noise so much so that a joke shared was “Mikrus is very much like the jet plane - first you hear it, then you see it.”
By the time production ended in 1960 over 1700 microcars were made.
Only 800 pieces of this metal model in 1:43 have been created.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base) and plexiglas hard-display case|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 3|
|Color||Red / Black|