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About Quiz #369: 1936-1939 Schlörwagen


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Last weekend's quiz proved not to be that hard. Everybody recognised the Mercedes 170H chassis and found the basic information based on that. Roughly the same information as given to us by Mike Rose who suggested the quiz. So it came down to the extra information to differentiate between the man and boys. The keen eye of Erik Thomas had to be rewarded here. Before indulging himself in  'Schlörwagen' knowledge he started studying the chassis as shown and first found that it is a late model W28 chassis based on the twinbumper arrangement. Second "The streamliner had central steering, so the chassis in the photo I presume to be standard and not the one modified for central driving position." Bravo Erik, you won! Without realising this yourself you highlight an essential aspect of the hobby (also when it comes to buying or restoring a cars !): first of all determine exactly what you have in front of you before taking one further step. This may sound simple yet is often forgotten. Don't believe what papers or people say. Do your own research.      
Anyway based on the Mercedes chassis this was the car (text Mike Rose): “This is a prototype Aerocar designed by Karl Schlör, built by the Ludewig Brothers from Essen on a Mercedes W28 170H chassis. The ‘Schlörwagen’ was tested in the AVA windtunnel at Goettingen, Cd 0.113 (later Cd 0.18) ... a low-drag figure never heard of in a land-based vehicle.The car was the hit at the 1939 Berlin Auto Show. Later a Soviet M-11 135 hp engine with prop was installed.The fate of the Schlörwagen is unclear. Some sources say it was taken to Britain post-war. No proof, though. Designer Karl Schlör lived until 1997."

Comments 

 
#3 2014-05-11 10:16
Fabulous car. Put me down as a potential buyer when it is found.
 
 
#2 Graham Button 2014-05-10 20:11
What a ghastly motorcar.
Graham.

editor: Ghastly or Ghostly ?
 
 
#1 2014-05-10 07:36
Now the quiz is solved, I give the detals about the literature I mentioned in my previous answer:

"Einfluss der Aerodynamik auf die Karosserieentwi cklung" (Delius Klasing,isbn 978-3-7688-3661-6) you will find a 9 page well illustrated article written by Dr. Jessika Wichner.
Interior pictures,Profil e drawings, construction drawing and so on.
 

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