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Weird Wednesday: The Maier Mystery (see UPDATE)

Frank Kirch wrote to us telling that one of his friends owns this weird and wonderful streamlined body. It was fabricated in or around 1935 by a Berlin-based company called "Leichtbau Maier". Handmade, it was probably used as a prototype for a larger car manufacturer, perhaps as a show-model or as an example of Maier’s skills. We don’t know, but to us it looks very much like an attempt to copy Porsches early 1930’s design for the VW or the Tatra T77. Have you seen this body before and know about it? Do tell us! Oh, and please ignore the engine and chassis, they’re from a 1967 VW Beetle and have only been added to get the thing moving!

Update by Bart Oosterling who writes: "The best book I know on on aerodynamic German cars "Stromlinienautos in Deutschland (1900-1945)" by Ralf Kieselbach does not mention Maier nor does the coachbuilding edition of Georgano's encyclopedia of the automobile. I hope someone else knows more: I'm very interested!"


#7 2016-06-01 08:19
The complette Story now on . English Version .
#6 2014-11-18 20:34
News know in Motor Klassik Magazin Dezember 2014. And look at Good news
#5 2014-05-04 07:12
As an interim result of our search -see comment #1-, 'Klassiek & Techniek' (number 194, may 2014) runs a 4 page well illustrated feature about the history of the Leichtbau Maier.
#4 2014-01-15 10:24
News now on . - Friedrich Eugen Maier!!!
#3 2014-01-14 10:07
Plaese note - Wikipedia - Leichtbau Maier - for more information -
#2 2014-01-11 18:31
Recent the Berliner Zeitung published an article about the quest for information. ("Spurensuche nach Friedrich Egon Maier").
The author (frau Dankbar} also put alotof info on Wikipedia. See: Leichtbau-Maier Wikipedia
#1 2013-08-12 07:17
Car was designed and built by Friedrich Eugen Maier who lived and worked in Berlin. I have found several patents he registered on this car design. Together with the recent car owner we are searching formore clues!

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