It seems like there is suddenly a preponderance of odd looking pickup trucks for sale on eBay. Just the other day we told you about this 1964 Jeep Willys FC-170 M-677, which seemed a cross between a VW bus and a truck, the so-called “VW Truckagon.” And that Jeep is extremely rare, one of very few that survive to this day.
Today’s remarkable find may be even rarer, this 1959 Other Makes Goliath Express 1100 Pickup Truck DKW Tempo VW Subaru:
Once you strip out some of the extra words in the listing’s title, you discover this is an auction for a 1959 Goliath Express 1100 pick-up. If you have never heard of the Goliath brand, you wouldn’t be the only one. Luckily, the seller gives us a bit more information:
“The Goliath 1100 was a model line that included sedans, wagons and light trucks in the mid-’50s to early ’60s. The “Express” was the light truck and car series. The company, Goliath Werke (part of Carl. F. W. Borgward GmbH., which included Lloyd Werke and Hansa Werke) produced many different types of automobiles, large trucks, and various other modes of transport, in addition to this little truck. “
The truck has been up for sale at various times and in various places in the last year or so. It was detailed in the Hooniverse, where the writer notes how good this particular vehicle would be for a tail-gate party. We have to agree! But would it be able to get us to the game and back? The seller gives us this insight:
“The truck does run & drive, it has new tires and a battery, battery ground cable (all else is original). This particular motor gave birth to Subaru’s boxer 4 cylinder water cooled engines (still in use today) – this was Goliath’s swan song and also what piqued my interest in the little German Cab-over truck initially – along with that “smile” – it is unique to say the least, moreover this truck is art that drives! All “Sekurit” logos on OEM glass are present (no cracks or chips).”
If you are wondering what the “smile” reference is all about, look no further than this picture of the Goliath:
For a truck with such a tough-sounding name (Goliath), we find the smile irresistible. And this isn’t the first time a vehicle has exhibited anthropomorphic traits… remember this rare 1971 Citroen Ami 8 wagon that looked like a frog? Here is the relevant photo:
Or maybe it was called Goliath because of its work-horse capabilities. The seller notes the following:
“Fuel gauge doesn’t work. ODO does work (great shift point details at certain MPH for lack of tachometer) and shows just over 10K miles on it (now at 10,096) – after driving for a bit, I am thinking maybe the previous owners were correct in their claim that these are original miles. I can’t imagine anyone being able to suffer through 110,000+miles of driving so slowly (geared very low, probably to enable that 1 ton rear axle & heavy loads that it hauled). “
So if you are in the market for an unusual, slow truck, this may be perfect for you. At least you’ll be getting your smile returned by the folks you pass on the road.