The resulting car was officially presented on August 26, 1959, introducing a way of conceiving the car which was completely different from other examples of the period, and the Mini was so modern that it remained the benchmark for ten years. The article I am about to offer you here is certainly a bit of … More Alec’s Mini
The style of the car, from the pen of Ian Beech under the supervision of David Bache, was very simple, characterised by large glass surfaces and, at first glance, it was almost dated already at the time of its launch. Despite this, the Maestro also introduced interesting elements for its time, such as body-coloured bumpers. … More Speak to me Maestro!
In 1954 the protagonist of our article, the Isabella, appeared. This car was the marque’s biggest hit, but was sadly also the final model it built. Carl Friedrich Borgward’s adventure in the field of car manufacturing began in Bremen in 1921. From the beginning the young Carl, passionate about cars (and locksmiths), worked on the … More Isabella: The swansong.
Despite its small size the vehicle offered four seats, whilst the mechanicals were all at the back, with the engine, gearbox and drive placed over the rear axle. The history of Glas began in 1883 in Pilsting, Germany, when Andreas Glas founded a company to make agricultural machinery. After the Second World War Andreas’s son, … More From agriculture to cars
In 1953 a collaboration with the engineer Fritz Fend gave rise to the production of a small three-wheeled car called the Kabinroller. Willy Messerschmitt started his activities in the technical office of Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG, out of which grew Messerschmitt AG at the end of the 1930s, production activity always being linked to the military … More From the sky to the road
This original and non-conformist solution led Zündapp to choose the name Janus, from Giano, the Roman god depicted as two-faced with one face looking forwards and the other looking behind. The history of the Zündapp marque began in 1917 in Nuremberg and was always linked to the world of two-wheeled vehicles, but twice the company … More The little push-me-pull-you car
At the 1961 Frankfurt Motor Show, NSU then presented the Prinz 4 series, the best-selling and most loved of this model. If we think of the small cars of the 60s that circulated, for example in Italy, surely come to mind, first of all, the Fiat 500 and 600 among the most popular. In reality … More The German’s Corvair