The present locationZylinderhausmuseum
Adolf-Kolping-Str. 2, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues
for 4 persons
|Aufbau||monocoque closed all-steel bodywork (patent application) with high-adjustable undercarriage (patent application) and independent suspension|
|size||ca. 4000 x 1700 x 1600 mm|
|brakes||drum brake, all around|
|wheels||steel rims, 19 inch|
|electrical system||6 V|
from DKW F4
692 ccm / 20 HP
3 gear box
1200 ccm / 30 HP
4 gear box
|speed||about 100 km/h|
|laden weight||1034 kg|
|special qualities at that time|
Adolf Hitler wanted a vehicle for the masses in the early 30`es. He stipulated some preconditions for that vehicle by an announcement in 1933:
- closed bodywork
- room for 4 persons
- rear engine
- 990,- RM at most
The qualified engineer Friedrich Eugen Maier got 300.000 Goldmark for the development from a not further specified company located in Munich, the development of Leichtbau (lightweight) Maier.
- 1933 The Project `Leichtbau Maier` started just in the year of the announcement, as well in which Maier a patent application for that vehicle has filed. That was a milestone an is fundamental for all today`s limousine.
- 1935 The vehicle is finished and the belonging patent application was published. because of dissensions between Mr. Maier and the NS regime were his finished project denied.
- 1936 One year later collected the government his company grounds and the path-breaking car rested unnoticed on the Sömmeringstreet 30.
- 1943 The car were considerable damaged during a bomb attack.
- bis 1954 The car rested on the Sömmeringstreet.
- 1954 - 1959 The car was stored in the Darwin-garages on the Quitzowstreet in Berlin.
- 1959 - 1976 The car was stored in the former cowsheds on the Gierkeplatz in Berlin. 1974/75 appeared the car in the movie `Tadellöser und Wolff. It was still unrestored.
- 1976 The wreck of that car was sold by his daughter to a movie-equipment company in Berlin.