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1954-1955 Hoffmann Auto-Kabine

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Class: Supermini — Origin: DE

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Made in: Dusseldorf DE

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1954-1955 Hoffmann Auto-Kabine

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300 Hoffmann Gouverneur 18hp / 13kW 4MT Rear Wheel Drive 1954-1955


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JFK CZ (542)

2015-09-27 14:54


I think that you uploaded wrong picture, because same one have Gutbrod Superior Kombi. I googled Auto-Kabine and it is a Isetta clone.

-- Last edit: 2015-09-27 14:55:23

fck PL (4932)

2015-09-27 15:31


Thanks for noticing, it'll be fixed within minutes.

It's not precisely a Isetta clone. Otto Hoffmann wanted to buy Isetta licence but BMW has preced him. So he decided to develop his own car modeled on ISO Isetta. Then BMW has filed his lawsuit for plagiarism and copying the design. Although the process ended amicably, it turned out that in the meantime the situation of Hoffmann factory has undergone a dramatic change. This is because the company Piaggio, Vespa licensor Hoffman withdrew permission for production under restrictions for unauthorized and arbitrary introduction of design changes. In mid-1955 years Hoffmann deprived of the basic products went bankrupt.

-- Last edit: 2015-09-27 15:33:00

JFK CZ (542)

2015-09-27 15:58


Well that is a sad history :(
I used phrase "Isetta clone", because this car is bubble shaped and it is very small, and there were lot of cars based on that, such as Heinkel or Zundapp (it was bigger, but it kinda reseabled it).

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