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Re: Mystery car competition
« Reply #60 on: May 06, 2015, 03:56:47 PM »
That's the one. This is the first in a series of amphibious vehicles constructed by Karl Baier of West Berlin sometime around 1950. Newspaper reports say it was powered by a 125cc engine giving 100mpg. A second version the "Familien-Freizeit-Auto" (Family-friendly car) appeared in 1953, this time powered by an air-cooled, rear-mounted 200cc two-stroke engine. The third and final version the "Wannsee-Auto" appeared in 1967. Mr Baier took out a few patents relating to his craft, but otherwise doesn't appear to have made much more of a splash.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/96398185?

I don't have a copy myself, but I'm told that more details of Mr Baier's exploits plus information about one or two other micro-amphibians can be found in the German book Mit dem Auto baden gehen by Rene Pohl and RĂ¼diger Haack. You can see (very small) photos of these and a few details of each craft on Rene Pohl's website

http://www.schwimmauto.de/
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Re: Mystery car competition
« Reply #61 on: May 06, 2015, 05:46:20 PM »
Veery eenterresting   . I thought you may have made a typo - I wouldnt go out in it without a baler  :) so after all that it was a micro too ! ( has anyone seen one for sale  ;D )


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