a Dream Car Nightmare... [PIC]
German auto manufacturer Borgward, inspired by the early 50s American concept cars, created this alloy bodied Traumwagen ('dream car') in 1955 to show its design capabilities and act as a test bed for a 2.5 liter magnesium alloy horizontally opposed engine. The lead engineer, Erich Uebelecker. formerly of Czech Tatra, headed the project. The spaceship design featured a flip top that extended from just behind the front wheels to the rear wheel wells for easy access. Just before its proposed debut at the 1955 Frankfurt Auto Show, there was a failure of the disc brake system and the resultant crash damage was impossible to prepare in time. The Traumwagen was later rebuilt but it was really too little; too late. The car was to be sold during Borgwald's bankruptcy proceedings in 1962, but the car had disappeared and was presumably scrapped by "overzealous company workers".
I call this model "the George Jetson Family Truckster"
Interesting story. I would have guessed it was done by Panhard.
Seems the Soviets borrowed another older design when they made their hovercraft.
I love that model.
Pretty cool ! Is this another 1/18 from Bizarre ?