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Adventure museum Ziegenhagen is situated just near the city of
Kassel. It is built around a typical German farm, beautiful situated,
on the countryside, rather high up in a hilly landscape. They call
themselves for Familien-Erlebnisspark and that what it is. The car museum
is not what they earn most money on. But anyhow many object to look at, several different car marks, mostly
motorcycles. Mother and daddy must
have the opportunity to look at something while children play at their
playground. It was quite many people there although it was Monday.
Note about Kassel. In the city of Kassel were the airplane factories of Gerhard Fieselers situated. After WWII and one year in war prison for Fieseler he got his destroyed factory back. Here he started production of furniture and other small things that were needed in Germany. In Kassel there were also the Henschels factories for production of locomotives. At Kassels technic museum one can learn about Wilhelm Schmidt, who constructed the high pressure system for locomotives and about Rudolf Diesel, the man behand diesel engine.
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Harley Davidsson decided to produce a motorcycle in Italy. HD
Aermacchi. It became a pure TT-cycle with 175 or 250 cc and 28 ps and
push-rod valves. Weight of 120 kg unfueled, top speed of 160 km/h it was
most aimed for competition. Arne Bloms AB motor in Gothenburg had the
import contract and the first machine was sold to Göran Andersson SMK
Firma Ruppe & Sohn started with farming machines. Piccolo was the
first German car with air cold engine. This was first mounted without
any cover in the front. Later 1906 they added an engine hood. It was
built in many copies till 1907. The car on photo is an 2 seat car with in-line 4 cyl.
air-cooled engine. A more simple model came 1910 with air-cooled 1 cyl.
624 cc, 5 ps engine. It was called Mobbel. Same year the firm change
name to Appolo-Werke. The cars after that was named Apollo-Piccolo. Yet
for air-cooled cars they kept the name Piccolo.
Firma Hannoversche Maschinebau started to produce steam lorries 1905.
The first passenger car came 1924 and was nick-named kommisbrot (army-bread).
It had quite small wheelbase and therefore it didn't need differential.
They were satisfied with a chain that run the car. Engine was 1 cyl.,
499 cc and 10 ps was mounted in the rear. This model was produced till
1928 totally 15775 ex.
Aero Roadster 1933
Was manufactured by Aero Prague. Czechoslovakia 1929-1947.
Count DeDion did first fabricate steam vehicles. 1893 he started to
manufacture petrol engines. He made the first really high speed machine, max 2000 rpm
and it got relative high effect compared to the cylinder volume. The engines
had battery ignition and mechanical controlled distributor. He
constructed also a special rear axel as what we today know as DeDion
axle. Chain drive disappeared and universal joints were introduced.
One of his cars was engaged in the Peking-Paris car competition 1904.
The most popular model was called Voiturette. This name became later to
signify a open 2-seater. After the first world war DeDion lived a fading
away life. It only produced cars in small series up to 1932. After world war
2 DeDion only survived till 1950 and was producing utility vehicles.
The silver MC is an Opel. It looks like it is for military purpose.
BMW R?. One cyl from ca 1928. Note the spring type for the front wheel. Note the construction.
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This is an odd German design. The little mc Imme earlier named Golbe.
Regarding the frame maybe inspired by Moto Guzzi and furthermore modern,
at that time, aeroplane ideas. What you see first except the unusual
lines, is the one "leg" front suspension and the same in rear, also that
the spring system includes exhaust. Also the construction is so
done the chain keep fixed length to the rear wheel, when it moves up and
down. The engine is supplied with free wheel. 99cc, 4,5 ps 3 geared,
weight 62 kg, consuming 0,23 l/10 km and have a top speed of 50 km/h.
Text from paper MC-news.
Louis Renault started 1898 to fabricate a car with DeDion engine and
1,75 ps. Air cold with transmission and differential, 3 step gearbox and
reverse gear. A very advanced construction. He sold 179 ex. From 1902
engine volume increased to 6,3 l. because of the demand from competition
cars. From 1904 to 1928 Renault kept the main construction of L-top
cylinder casting in pair, magnet ignition, thermo siphon cooling and the
cooler placed behind engine. 1905 the models AX and AG came. They were
the base for all Renault cars, even the famous Taxis de la Marne. The
taxi cabs of Paris helped to move the French army during the battle of
Marne. The Germans were stopped. 1908 a 6 cyl car was announced. 1911
removable tires and pressure lubrication. More than 10000 cars were
produced. Renault has not have any down periods of importance. A dark
chapter is that Louis Renault died in prison 1944 after been accused for
collaboration with the Nazis. After his dead the company was
nationalized. During and after the war a small car was developed, CV4,
with the help? of Ferd. Porsche who was in jail for war crime. Although
it was announced that he could go free for 500000 franc. See museum
Porsche. The car in the picture is a voiturette. Besides left is a
Citroén from ca 1923.
Up to the left you see a mc named Wanderer. To the right a
close up of Riedel mc that we talked about earlier. Under the green
Wanderer an old Opel and to the right 1 cyl BMW with leaf springs for
the front fork. In the old coach shed they had some cars, from which I
choose this young soldier freezing besides his kübelwagen (read VW). You
can almost feel the Russian tundra with -30° and storm of 30 m/s.
Nothing to long for.
Two photos of trip members from Ziegenhagen. Uppermost
Torbjörn Wahlgren with wife and Bosse "Bugatti". Even the second photo
in a better view studying the entrance. As you see the place is a former
farm. Typically German type. You can behind Bosse see the old shed which
now is rebuilt to exhibition hall. Remaining there was a playground for
children and footpaths for the sporty visitors in the mountain like area around.
Pictures from the following owners been used
with the necessary authorization:
Reference 1: ©Björn Bellander bjorn.bellander(at)telia.com
Reference 2: ©Foundation Prestige Bugatti Paul Kestler
Reference 3: ©Auto-Salon-Singen www.auto-salon-singen.de
Reference 4: ©Sinsheim Auto Museum www.museum-sinsheim.de
Reference 5: ©Classiccar Collection www.carclassic.com
Reference 6: ©Mercedes Benz www.mercedes-benz.se
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