1967 Attica 200 Voiturette
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Chassis no. 3-3179
Engine no. 3-3179
This ultra-rare Attica micro car is a built-under-licence Fuldamobil manufactured in Greece by Bioplastic SA, an Athens-based company specialising in glassfibre construction. A '2nd-series' example, the car is powered by its original 198cc Heinkel four-stroke engine driving via a four-speeds-plus-reverse gearbox. One of an estimated ten-or-so survivors, it was acquired from its original owner circa 1999/2000, remarkably complete and unmolested, displaying a believed-correct total of less than 8,500 kilometres on the odometer. An exacting, no-expense-spared restoration was undertaken by a local specialist over the next two years, with nothing left unattended. Post completion the car has been kept in a climate-controlled garage, covering only 200 kilometres since its completion in 2002. It has been featured on the cover of a Greek classic car magazine and has won numerous concours awards.
Cette très rare voiturette Attica est une Fuldamobil construite sous licence en Grèce par Bioplastic SA une société athénienne, spécialisée dans la fibre de verre. Cet exemplaire de la 2e série est animée par son moteur d'origine , un quatre temps Heinkel de 198 cm3, associé à une boîte à quatre rapports plus marche arrière. On estime qu'elle fait partie d'une dizaine de survivantes et a été achetée à son premier propriétaire aux environs de 1999/2000, complète et intacte, affichant un kilométrage en principe original de 8 500 km au compteur. Ces deux dernières années, elle a fait l'objet d'une restauration de qualité par un spécialiste local, sans regarder à la dépense, dans laquelle rien n'a été négligé. Après sa restauration, la voiture a été conservée à l'abri dans un garage climatisé et n'a parcouru que 200 km depuis 2002. Elle a fait la couverture d'un magazine grec de voitures de collection et a remporté de nombreux prix. Aujourd'hui l'Attica affiche moins de 9000 km et se présente en état concours.
Attica Automobiles history
Attica was a brand name of vehicles produced by Bioplastic S.A., a company (originally involved in fiberglass panel manufacture, later expanding into fiberglass boat manufacture) created in Moschato, Athens by Georgios Dimitriadis, a figure in Greek automotive history.
Mr. Dimitriadis had designed and built a light four-wheel passenger automobile (model 505) in 1958 with the intent to produce it. A tax imposed on four-wheel automobiles at the time, though, limited the car's market prospects; thus, he abandoned that plan, focusing instead on the production of three-wheelers - taxed as "motorcycles" in Greece. In 1962 he started production of a light three-wheeler passenger car under licence of Fuldamobil of Germany as the Attica model 200 (it was much easier for cars certified abroad to receive certification for production in Greece). The car was built with few changes from the original German design, but later two different cabriolet versions were developed by Attica itself. 200 cc engines (by Sachs, Heinkel as well as engines built by Attica itself) were used to power different versions of the car.
The model became very popular in Greece and is remembered to this date. Another Greek company, Alta, soon claimed a market share in the same category, introducing a similar vehicle in 1968; this was also based on Fuldamobil technology but it was extensively modified, with a more modern design. Attica 200 was nonetheless produced until 1971. In 1968 Bioplastic utilized the Attica 200 design to create a light three-wheeler truck brand named Delta (oddly enough, the rear-half of the 200 had become the front-half of Delta!), sold with modest success.
In 1965 Attica had already made an effort to enter the market of four-wheel automobiles, introducing the Carmel 12; the car was built under licence of Israeli Autocars company (which, in turn, had used British Reliant technology). In fact, the term "manufacture" is probably not appropriate in this case, as most parts were imported. Despite a publicity campaign, the car did not sell well and only about 100 Attica Carmel 12's were actually produced. In 1977 Dimitriadis transformed Bioplastic into a new company (DIM Motor) to produce the DIM, an entirely new passenger automobile designed and developed by his company. The car was presented in the Geneva Motor Show in 1977 but its life was very brief: only a few were produced.