Paul Pietsch Classic 2015: Franco-German friendship

Paul Pietsch Classic 2015
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As such, they can be admired in the Zeithaus of the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, unless they are allowed to be ambassadors of their era. The couples on these pages - one car each from France and one from Germany - have more in common than they divide. They either come from the same period, a similar genre, had comparable performance, were technical pioneers or played the same role in the market. Or almost everything at the same time, such as Citröen DS and NSU Ro 80 or duck and beetle. Many of them were also granted economic success, and all of them will not be forgotten. And it will be an experience to see them in action again.

Bugatti T 35: Super racing car at the beginning of the 20th century

Paul Pietsch's racing career began in May 1932 a Bugatti T 35. In memory of their father, his children Peter-Paul Pietsch and Dr. Patricia Scholten traditionally took part in the Paul Pietsch Classic in a Bugatti of the same type.

The Bugatti T 35 was able to record over 2,000 victories from 1924 to 1927. However, it should be mentioned that the starting fields at that time were largely occupied by Bugattis. It even happened that only makes of this manufacturer took part in races. A victory was therefore very likely.

At the Paul Pietsch Classic 2015, the descendants of the famous racing driver and publisher lead the field with a T 35 from 1926. The water-cooled 8-cylinder has an output of 110 hp with a displacement of 2.2 liters. The overhead camshaft is driven by a vertical shaft.

Exactly 300 copies of the Bugatti T 35 were built between 1924 and 1931.

Borgward Isabella: The sporty middle class

The name Isabella should be Carl FW Borgward came up spontaneously. Actually, Isabella was only intended to serve as a temporary name, but in the end the sonorous name was retained during series production.

The Borgward Isabella is the first German mid-range sedan with a sporty character. Like no other German make, the Isabella combined a high level of comfort, outstanding driving characteristics and ingenious construction details. With its predecessor, the Borgward Hansa 1500, theIsabella hardly has anything in common.

Instead of a smooth pontoon body, the Isabella a newly designed self-supporting body. The bulges on the wheel cutouts, the accentuated door sills and the chrome trim strip on the side are striking. The Isabella's chassis has no leaf springs.

This Borgward Isabella will be driven at the 2015 Paul Pietsch Classic by Motor Klassik founding editor-in-chief Dirk-Michael Conradt and the actress Katharina Schubert. The sedan has a 4-cylinder in-line engine with 60 hp. The maximum speed is 135 km /h. The 4-speed gearbox is operated by steering wheel shift.

After the insolvency of the manufacturer Borgward, the Isabella was built in Mexico for some time. After the end of the German car manufacturer, the machines were brought across the Atlantic and continued to be used for vehicle construction.

Over 200,000 of the Borgward Isabella were built from 1954 to 1962.

Porsche 911 S: The sports car

The Porsche 911 is one of the most successful and well-known super sports cars, both in professional motorsport and in Created a legendary name for private drivers. In 1963 the first prototype appeared under the number 901, one year later production started with the type designation 911. In the following years, various variants came onto the market, including the 912 with a four-cylinder engine, the Targa with over-roll bar and the 911 S. 160 hp engine. In 1989 the 911 was completely redesigned, because the design was still the same as in the 1960s. The new model was called the 964, but was still sold under the type designation 911. Customers were too committed to the 911, which was and is an essential driving force behind Porsche.

The Autostadt 911 is a model from 1968 with a six-cylinder boxer engine with a displacement of 2 liters and 160 hp. It reaches a top speed of up to 220 km /h and cost 24,500 DM when it was launched. A total of 406,000 Porsche 911s with air-cooled engines were built between 1964-97.

Renault 4CV: The million-dollar car

The first French car to be built more than a million times is the Renault 4CV. Together with the 2CV, Renault offered fully-fledged automobiles that could accommodate a family with luggage. The 4CV was presented for the first time in the post-war year 1946. It had a self-supporting body, a three-speed gearbox and a water-cooled rear engine with 18 hp. In the following years the range was supplemented by a convertible and a luxury version. In 1951-53 the 4CV won class wins in Le Mans and the Mille Miglia. The rear engine concept also took place in JapanCopycat: Hino built the 4CV under license for ten years from 1953.

The Zeithaus exhibit is a luxury Renault 4CV. The four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 0.75 liters developed 21 hp and brought the car to a top speed of 100 km /h. The original price at the time was DM 4,950.

Volkswagen 1200 Export 'Ovali': The ultimate successful model

After the Second World War began large-scale production of the VW Beetle. In 1949, an export version was introduced that was more luxuriously equipped than the base model. Four years later the two-part pretzel window gave way to a one-part oval window, the 'Ovali'. In the 50s and 60s, power and displacement as well as the size of the window areas increased. As early as 1956, the Beetle had a share of almost 40% of total German car production.

The Ovali Beetle from Autostadt was built in 1956 and is powered by a 1.2 liter boxer engine with 30 hp. At that time it cost 4,850 DM. A total of over 21 million Beetles were built between 1945 and 2003.

NSU Ro 80: Power in circles

The rotary piston engine from Felix Wankel is the heart of the NSU Ro 80, a sleek sedan with an excellent drag coefficient. Claus Luthe's wedge-shaped design had an impact on many designers, who now also drew aerodynamic bodies. The Ro 80 was presented for the first time in Frankfurt in 1967 and was immediately voted 'Car of the Year'. By the way, the 'Ro' stands for rotary piston engine. However, various problems with the engine led to the model's reputation being affected.

With its 2 x 497.5 ccm displacement, the twin-disc rotary engine developed 115 hp at a top speed of 180 km /h . A total of 37,398 NSU Ro 80s were built.

Matra Jet 6

In 1962 the Djet designed by René Bonnet made its debut , a mid-engined sports car with a plastic body. Renault engines were installed in various designs. Since Bonnet also designed Formula 3 cars, details such as the independent wheel suspension were also installed in the Djet. In 1964, the armaments manufacturer Matra took over the Bonnet plant and continued to run it successfully. The sports coupé was now called the Matra Jet and was built until 1968.

An in-line four-cylinder with 1.3 liter displacement and 105 hp gives the Matra Jet 6 a top speed of 210 km /h. The Autostadt vehicle is from 1966 and cost 15,500 DM at the time.


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