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About Quiz #390: 1935 Steyr 530 'Karl Rob' Limousine

About car puzzle #390
Told you so: many readers had last week’s mystery motor parked somewhere in their memories. We had plenty of good answers, although the majority of these were rather dull. Come on guys, we like some more information then just a make, model and year! It was indeed a Steyr and plenty of you recognized it as such. But we saw all kinds of model designations come by, from Type 125 to Type 630 and anything in between. The one and only right type was the 530 of 1935, built in that year and 1936 only with six-cylinder engines. 

The outrageous special body on this specific example was commissioned by painter Karl Rob, of whom we couldn’t find more. We weren’t on our own as just about none extras on the artist landed in our post box. Pity, as this was what we were hoping for. Fortunately there was jury member Stuart Penketh who said the picture was taken at Saint Michaels Church Gateway in Vienna and believes that this car led to the Type 630 6-seater limousines, used as taxis in Vienna until the end of the fifties. Thank you.

But it was Thomas Billicsich who came with the best answer. He wrote: “This Steyr 530 was presented in the Allgemeine Automobil Zeitung of August 1935 and the car was commissioned by Karl Rob, painter and publisher. Before this vehicle he commisioned a sports car and a limousine on similar Steyr 30 S chassis. History says that this car was later used by nazi Gauleiter Eigruber in Oberdonau." Reader Moritz added to that: “In a newspaper advert for the Steyr 30, Karl Rob was called the ‘Cabriolet-Poet’. Thanks to all, and congratulations to Thomas!

(Words and archive pictures Jeroen Booij)

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Jury Member Location Information

Bart Oosterling NL
Bas de Voogd / Rutger Booy NL team
Bob Swanson USA Sports Cars & Racing Cars
Carleton Hughes USA
Ced Pearce South-Africa Ford & Cord
Chris Paulsen USA Brass Era (pre-1916) cars
David Green NZ
Dick Trenk (deceased 2010) USA US cars
Dominique Barbault F French Cars
Don Edwards USA US Classics
Eduard Hattuma NL
Fons Alkemade NL French automobiles
Frans Vrijaldenhoven NL Dutch Automobile Historian
Fried Stol NL
Hans Compter NZ
Harry Schley Germany
Henk Visscher NL Firsts in Car Industry
Ian Hayhurst Canada pre-1916 autos / early Mopar
Ingo Jost Germany German Cars
James Helms USA
João Pedro Gazineu Brazil
John Barringer UK
John Robins UK
Jon Baker Australia
José A. Gómez Argentina
Josef Kubista CZ
Joseph P. McCormick USA
Kit Foster USA US cars 1920-1960, Stanley Steamers
Kjetil Langsaether Norway
Lars-Göran Lindgren S brass era cars
Luke Chennel USA
Marc Fellman Australia
Mark Dawber NZ
Mike Clark GB Vintage Cars.
Mike Tebbett UK cyclecars
Mike Turner USA
Nicolas Boissier France
Paul Linster L French & Britsh sports cars
Peter Ransom Australia
Richard Armstrong UK
Radu Comsa Romania
Raul Valkila Finland
Reg Harris Australia Citroën and English cars
Robb Stewart USA early racing and sports cars
Robbie Marenzi Argentina
Roger Fields USA
Rutger Booy / Bas de Voogd NL team
Stuart Penketh Thailand
Theo Castricum NL US cars
Tom Chaney USA
Verner Johnson DK