The Frua-designed 1300 and 1700 Coupe and Cabriolet were halo vehicles for Glas. Even though Glas was one of Germany’s smallest automakers, the GT series were very influential, marrying Italian design and German engineering in a marketable, successful package for arguably the first time.
Bill Buckle of Sydney, Australia, was a distributor of the German Goggomobil in the late 1950s. In an effort to get away from the punishing import taxes imposed by Australia, he found it cheaper to import the chassis and then build his own fiberglass body.
Hansa was founded in 1905 to build light cars. The company merged with Lloyd in 1914 and built commercial vehicles. Carl Borgward became involved with cars and commercial vehicles in the 1920s and merged with Hansa-Lloyd in 1929.
Country of Origin: Germany
Hansa-Lloyd and Goliath-Werke Borgward & Tecklenbur
Considering that Borgward, parent company of Goliath-Werke, was a pretty small player on the global automotive scene, the Goliath GP700 was quite an influential automobile, setting in place much of the design vocabulary seen to this day.
An unconventional car throughout, this is a car constructed by a Frenchman, Monsieur Grataloup, for his own personal use. The small motorcycle engine is placed next to the driver so that the majority of the weight is in the center of the car to improve handling.
Ben F. Gregory was an advocate of front wheel drive. Gregory made cars on and off for a span of 42 years. His first cars were built around 1920, and it was not until 26 years later, following World War II, that Gregory returned to designing cars.
Ben Gregory was from Kansas City, Missouri, and he believed that front-wheel drive was the preferred method of propelling a car. The roadster you see here is the only one he made, and he also managed to make a couple of sedans.
This gyroscopically-balanced car is the work of two famous men – Tom Summers and Alex Tremulis. Tom Summers was a famous gyroscope expert and president of Gyro Dynamic Corporation. Alex Tremulis was a world renowned stylist working for Auburn Cord Duesenberg, and later designed the famous Tucker.
This German company was producing cars as early as the 1920s but they struggled financially through that decade. In 1931, Hanomag had 25% of the small-car market in Germany, trailed by DKW (19%) and BMW (17%).
The Hansa Automobile Gesellschaft was founded in 1905 to build light cars. Light cars were comparatively rare in Germany at the time. By 1913, the company was building small to medium-sized cars as well as large, luxurious cars.
In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Harris was disappointed because of the failures of both the Stanley Steamer and Doble steam cars. Harris hoped that if he built a unique and stylish steam car, it might revive the industry.
Heinkel, like fellow airplane maker Messerschmitt, was prohibited from making aircraft after WWII. In 1953 Heinkel began building a high end 4-stroke scooter called the Tourist. Scooter sales soon began to slow, and in 1956 Heinkel began building bubble cars.