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Framo Piccolo- 1933

Jørgen Rasmussen, a founder of DKW and integral player in the formation of Auto Union, founded Framo in 1923 in Saxony, Germany to supply parts to DKW. In 1927, Framo introduced their TV300 delivery trike and began specializing in commercial vehicles, gaining prominence for its innovative designs and robust engineering. Throughout its history, Framo produced a range of trucks, vans, and compact cars, leaving a lasting legacy in the automotive industry before merging with Barkas, an East German van manufacturer, in 1961.

The Piccolo was introduced by Framo in 1934 as an attempt for the company to create a “people’s car” for Germany. Ultimately, that title would go to the now famous Volkswagen created by Ferdinand Porsche. Recently acquired by the museum, this car is believed to be one of the prototypes for the Framo Piccolo and represents not just a vehicle, but a testament to resilience and innovation in challenging times.


Manufacturer: Framo GmbH

Country of Origin: Germany

Drivetrain Configuration: Mid-rear engine, rear-wheel drive

Engine: DKW Motoren, air-cooled, 192cc, Single-cylinder, 2-stroke, 4bhp

Transmission: 3-speed manual with reverse

Top Speed: Unpublished

Years of Production: 1933

Number Produced: 1

Original Cost: Unpublished