Friday, June 29, 2012

Prototyp Automuseum Hamburg, pt. III

The third entry of four from my recent visit to the excellent Prototyp Automuseum in Hamburg Germany.

Porsche 597 Jagdwagen:
Yep, that Porsche. The one that makes the excellent sports cars.
This was a proposal Jeep-type vehicle for the Germany army. Competitor DKW was awarded the contract, so the 70 that were built were sold under the name Jagdwagen, meaning hunting car.
I've never hunted, nor do I care to, but this would make an excellent beach buggy here in Carlsbad.
The purposeful Porsche was parked next to my favorite VW - a Schwimmwagen. I imagine you can figure out the translation of "schwimmwagen".
Of the 15,584 produced during WWII, only 163 remain, making this a VW that I will certainly never own.
I love this logo:

Well-equipped with a shovel and paddle.

 Toolbox, first aid
 I'm pretty sure the speedo doesn't work while in "boat mode"
The aquatic business end:

Audi R8 prototype:
 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
 With a novel fiberglass body
Simple and elegant tail.

windshield decals
 fuel filler, located on the hood
 Porsche 718 F1, 1964
Check out the shaped welded aluminum fuel tank, surrounding the driver. The steering wheel is just a bit simpler than the current crop of F1 cars.
 No fuel cell or harness here, these drivers were borderline suicidal.
 old treads
badge on the 718 body

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Down On The Street - Hamburg Edition

Arguably the crappiest car I've ever shot, also one of the most unique.
It's an East German Trabant 601 S Deluxe. This is the first one I have ever seen in the wild.
Who knows exactly what year it is, the 601 model debuted in 1963 and was produced with virtually no changes through 1991. Powered by a 600cc two cylinder, two-stroke engine developing a massive 26 horsepower, delivered to the front wheels.
I'm pretty sure that this one last had its "Duroplast" body (composed of plastic, resins and cotton waste) was last painted with a brush. Or maybe a roller.

not sure what this windshield decal crest represents, but it's not the crest for Hamburg

 With that cheapo 80s-styled steering wheel, this may be one of the later cars.
Even the roof rack is ugly.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Prototyp Automuseum Hamburg, pt. II

Part two of four, photos from the astoundingly cool Prototyp Automuseum in Hamburg.

Borgward Hansa 1500 Sport-Coupé:
According to the placard,  only three of these were built as show cars for exhibitions.
 This car is based on the Le Mans race car from 1953
 rear window decal
 Glöcker-Porsche, built by Frankfurt Porsche dealer Otto Glöcker on a 356 chassis:
Bizzare-yet-cool greenhouse and doors:
hood-mounted badge
 Porsche 6-cylinder racing engine details. 
 Dannenhauer & Stauss VW Spezial:
 Approximately 100 of these coach-built VWs were made between 1951-57. Only 19 survive.
NSU Weltrekordwagen , weighing in at all of 290kg (638 lbs) and powered by a 500cc engine. Top speed was 261 km/h (162 MPH).

 elemental cockpit
Petermax Müller Weltrekordwagen:
 painted-on registration and integrated lamps are so very cool
 hand-formed raw aluminum bodywork
 a few more gauges than the NSU above, plywood floorin
rear-view mirror
BMW-Sauber F1.07. Not sure why this was here, but it was striking nonetheless:
 Porsche somethingorother that I failed to get information on:
you can never go wrong with silver over red
And one of the coolest static driving simulators I've seen:
 The pedals, steering and floor shifter were all connected to the computer.

Parts three and four will follow soon...