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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.
In the parking place we found a Fiat Multipla of the latest model. It was equipped with a inbuilt GPS. It looked like original. After this everybody (almost) wanted this equipment, in the long term. Just to find our way to Aros club house.

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 Göteborg.
What is it that remind about Harley. May be the front fork is not of typical Italian appearance. Shock absorbers in the rear and heavy spokes. Only engine is Italian?
It didn't became popular and was soon cancelled.
Behind a A-Ford lorry and a MercedesBenz Adenauer.

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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.

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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.
Today Hanomag make only lorries.
Behind you see the Mercedes Benz Adenauer.

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Aero Roadster 1933

Was manufactured by Aero Prague. Czechoslovakia 1929-1947.
From the beginning Aero was the smallest car and derived it origin from cycle cars constructed by Novotny. It had a 1 cyl. 2 stroke engine with 10 ps. The car on stand has a 2 cyl 1000 cc, 2 stroke and 25 ps. with front drive. After the war aero had a modernized model type 30. It had a pointed core protection and 2-stroke engine. Some of these cars came to Sweden and could be seen on the roads in the fifties. Production ended 1947.

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DeDion Bouton

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.
To the right, note the cycle wheel with coil springs instead and rubber wheel.
More about DeDion.
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The silver MC is an Opel. It looks like it is for military purpose.
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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.
This light weight mc was produced in Immenstadt.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pictures from the following owners been used in with  the necessary authorization:
Reference 1: ©Björn Bellander 
Reference 2: ©Foundation Prestige Bugatti Paul Kestler
Reference 3: ©Auto-Salon-Singen
Reference 4: ©Sinsheim Auto Museum
Reference 5: ©Classiccar Collection
Reference 6: ©Mercedes Benz

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