California Contemplations

Dry air, and a temperate climate, combine to make southern California a vintage vehicle mecca. On a recent trip, after about a year locked down […]


These pages generally cover the world of German cars and motorcycles from the postwar period through to the 1970s with occasional forays into the 1980s. […]

Goliath GP700

  Goliath was a subsidiary brand of Bremen-based Borgward (See The Many Faces of Borgward). Although Goliath had produced passenger cars before WWII, it was […]

Zundapp GS125

The term GS, short for Gelande Strasse, when applied to motorcycles, has become synonymous with large and imposing swiss army knife bikes from BMW. The […]

Durkopp MD200

The Durkopp brand started in 1867, and has been covered here before (see DURKOPP – MOTORIZED CYCLES TO MOPEDS ). Motorcycles were produced into the […]

The Early Early 911

The production Porsche 911 did not appear until the mid 1960s, but as early as 1959, work was beginning on the successor to the popular […]

A Grand Goodbye

Although we have covered Hoffmann in general here before, the flagship Hoffmann Governeur S300 had very bad timing. to say the least. It was the […]

The Unexpected

We have previously featured collections and museums that are hidden, or that perhaps have surprising content, but we at least went looking for them. We […]

Audi 100

The combination of companies that were brought together to form Audi have been well covered here before (see A Most Important Failure, Audi F103, NSU […]


Hexe produced mopeds and small motorcycles in Duisburg Germany, from 1955 to 1966. There had been a previous Hexe in the 1920s which was unrelated. […]

Mercedes Benz SL-X

There are a lot of great-looking cars that never made it to production throughout the history of the automobile. The Mercedes Benz SL-X is one […]

2 Wheels and 200 MPH

Today, you can walk into most major motorcycle dealerships, and purchase a motorcycle that will do 200 MPH. You even have your choice of options […]

Zundapp Citation

IThe Zundapp Citation was clearly a derivative of the Horex Imperator, and was reportedly only branded a Zundapp in order to work around the legal […]

Platform As Canvas

Somehow, the cars of mid-20th-century Germany lend themselves more than the products of any other nation, to become platforms for Art. Why? I do not […]