Published January 31, 2013
Madison, Ga. – The little town of Madison, Ga., is home to the biggest collection of the smallest cars in the world.
They are known as microcars, and most of the super economical rides were built in Europe just after WWII while people there were rebuilding their lives.
“It’s awesome! It’s just hysterical,” visitors told FoxNews.com on a recent visit as they checked out the tiny rides.
Unfortunately for fans, the popular attraction closed its doors this past weekend. But now the cars can be yours, for the right price.
“I’ve been collecting microcars for a good part of about 25 years and it’s just the end of the line for me for collecting microcars,” said Bruce Weiner, founder of The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum.
The former owner of the Dubble Bubble gum company, Weiner spent millions on the little cars he discovered when traveling the world for business.
“I’d go there [Europe] for four or five days…I’d spend one day doing business and three or four days hunting down these cars,” said Weiner. He managed to hunt down more than 300 of the miniature rides over the course of 25 years and opened up his microcar museum in Madison in 1997.
If you're of like mind, you won't have to look so hard. On Feb. 15 and 16, RM Auctions is putting more than 200 of the street legal, teeny trucks and cars on a very little auction block in the middle of the museum.
"I think they are going to go all over the world,’ said Weiner. “People are going to be coming from all over the world to collect these, and they will be disbursed to many hundreds of collectors.”
“It’s sad to see a collection like this close,” museum visitor Dennis Schwecke told FoxNews.com. “I’m grateful to Mr. Weiner for making it available to the public. He’s built one whale of a collection and it’s so neat to see them all in one place.”
Many of the “cars” in the museum have only three wheels, can fit just one or two people, and weigh a mere 300 pounds.
“Microcars create smiles,” said Neil Kaye who traveled from Delaware just to see the car collection before it closed its doors. “Everyone that sees them loves them, you get big smiles, people ask questions, they are just fun.”
But one lingering question remains: How much is this collection of cars worth?
“I’ve been asked a hundred times ‘What is the collection worth? How much value is here? How much do you think you’ll profit from it?’” said Weiner, adding in true car fanatic fashion: “I have never kept track of what I paid for something.”
Nevertheless, Weiner predicts that some cars at the auction will go for as little as $5,000 while a few could fetch up to $200,000.
Pretty big money, for very cute, little cars.