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Techno Classica 2006 in Essen, Germany

Techno Classica

in Essen,
April 6th - 9th, 2006
Techno Classica Essen Germany 2003

For the 18th time, Essen, Germany hosted the largest German classic car show - the annual Techno Classica. Since it's inauguration in 1989, it is the place to find the rarest of the German and European produced automobiles as well as rare parts to finish your restoration or project and grew into one of the largest vintage car events on the old continent. The car clubs and friends of the marques as well as the manufacturers invest their time and enthusiasm to present several unique and rarely seen examples of German and European automotive history. Most of the marques, brands and models on display, like Lloyd, Wanderer, NSU or Messerschmitt - to mention a few - might be only known to few in the U.S. - and rarely seen at one of the domestic events.

Wanderer Stromlinie Spezial

Audi Tradition - the Department in charge of the heritage and history of the former Auto Union - re-created the 1938 Wanderer Stromlinie Spezial, since none of the original three produced is accounted for today. Originally designed to participate in the long distance competition Liege - Rome - Liege in 1938 and 1939, the Wanderer Streamline Special featured a standard Wanderer chassis with an all-alloy two-seater roadster body. The engine was a design by Ferdinand Porsche - a 6-cylinder inline light alloy motor with a displacement of 2255cc and an output of 70 hp. It was located in the front and drove the rear axle. With a weight of only 900kg, the Wanderer Stromlinie Spezial reached a maximum speed of 140 km/h - or 90 mph.

In the second year of participation in the Liege - Rome - Liege run in 1939, Auto Union won the team award with their three entered Wanderer Streamline Specials.

Techno Classica 2006 - 1938 Wanderer Stromlinie Spezial - Streamline Special
1938 Wanderer Streamline Special.
Techno Classica 2006 - 1938 Wanderer Stromlinie Spezial - Streamline Special
This is a re-creation of the three originally produced competition cars.

Techno Classica 2006 - 1958 NSU Prinz II
1958 NSU Prinz II - the 2 cylinder, 4-stroke engine delivered 20 hp
- enough for a maximum speed of 70mph plus.
1958 NSU Prinz II

NSU the Neckarsulmer Strickmaschinenfabrik started out as a manufacturer of knitting machine, that diversified into the production of bicycles in the late 19th century. In 1901, NSU began producing motorcycles and only five years later the first motor car was introduced. Production of various automobile models continued until 1929, when NSU focused again solely on motorbikes.

After World War II, NSU continued to aid the mobility efforts in post war Germany with a line up of two-wheelers like the famous NSU Max, introduced in 1952. As the country recovered, and the Wirtschaftswunder took place in the Fifties, it was the goal of nearly every bike owner to advance to either three or four wheels and a roof over their heads. The first micro cars appeared, and NSU followed suit with the introduction of the Prinz in 1958.

1959 Porsche Diesel 308 N

Ferdinand Porsche did not only design the original Volkswagen before WW II, but was commissioned in 1937 with the development of a Volksschlepper or Tractor for the People. After the war, the Austrian manufacturer Allgaier built a single cylinder Diesel tractor for the local market. After several years of improving the model line-up - Allgaier contacted Porsche, which had previously moved to Austria - to revive the idea of a Volksschlepper. In 1951, the first two-cylinder model AP 17 was introduced and became an instant success. By 1955, Allgaier could not keep up with the demand any longer and the Porsche Diesel Motorenbau GmbH was founded in Friedrichshafen, Germany. 1959 saw the peak of the production with nearly 20,000 Porsche Diesel Tractors sold in four different models - Junior, Standard, Super and Master - ranging from 14 to 50 hp.

Techno Classica 2006 - 1959 Porsche Diesel Tractor 308 N
Techno Classica 2006 - 1959 Porsche Diesel Tractor 308 N
1959 Porsche Diesel Tractor - more popular than a 356 of
that year and outnumbering the sports cars by four to one.

Lloyd   Roland  " Weiße Maus "

In 1953, the Borgward and Lloyd dealer and race car driver Karl-Heinz Schäufele developed a streamlined version of a Lloyd LP 400. The engine - a 2-cylinder 2-stroke of originally 386 ccm volume and an output of only 17 hp - was modified at the Lloyd works in Bremen. The volume was decreased to 350 ccm, but the output more than doubled to astonishing 40 hp. With a weight of only 290 kg and a body perfected to minimize wind resistance, the Roland or Weiße Maus took to the French race circuit of Monthléry in May of 1954. Over the next three days, the drivers Karl-Heinz Schäufele, Adolf Brudes and Rieker would set no less than 14 international endurance speed records - among them 121,10 km/h over a distance of 500 km and 112,11 km/h over 72 hours. The top speed of the Roland was in excess of 150 km/h - or 95 mph.

The following year, the engine was modified again and enlarged to 386 ccm. Additional refinements on the streamlined body enabled the Lloyd Roland to set another speed record in 1955 at 141 km/h. Afterwards, the weiße Maus was stored away from public view, until it became part of the Hillers Museums in Hamburg and Tremsbüttel from 1962 to 1996. In 2004, a restoration brought the Lloyd speed record car back to it's former splendor and even back to the race track in 2005. It is now on permanent display at the Boxenstop Museum in Tübingen.

Techno Classica 2006 - 1954 Lloyd Roland Weiße Maus - White Mouse
1954   Lloyd  Roland   " Weiße Maus " -
back in the limelight and on the track after an extensive restoration.
Techno Classica 2006 -  1954 Lloyd Roland Weiße Maus - White Mouse
40 hp out of 350 ccm were good for a top speed of over 150 km/h -
thanks to a perfected aerodynamic shape and a low weight of 290 kg.

Techno Classica 2006 - 1969 Wartburg 353 Police Car
Two VoPos with their 1969 Wartburg 353 Police Car.
Wartburg 353 Police Car

In the former Deutsche Demokratische Republik or GDR the police forces had the name Volks-Polizisten or short VoPos. This might have sounded more citizen friendly - but if one spotted them on the former Transit-Routes between Germany and West-Berlin, one better watched the speed as well. Infractions of only 1 km/h (.625 mph) above the low East-German speed limits were a welcome reason to issue citations - payable on the spot and in western currency.

But these two friendly gentlemen dressed as VoPos belong to the Wartburg, Trabant and Barkas club, which displayed several automobiles of former East-German production. The police car of choice was the Wartburg 353, featuring a 3-cylinder, 2-stroke engine with 992 ccm and an output of 50 hp. 0-60 was attained in under 15 seconds and the top speed was 130 km/h - not quite enough to chase the Western Bourgeoisie in their Mercedes, BMW or Porsche.

You can find our reports of previous Techno Classica shows here:

Techno Classica 2003

To be continued...

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