Auto Cult August 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by Auto Cult.

Auto Cult’s latest announcements are as follows:

  • The “Early beginnings” series – Panhard et Levassor Type Q Double Phaeton
  • The ”Past brands” series – Tempo E400 Kombiwagen
  • The “Streamliner” series Kamm K3
  • The “Prototypes” series – Tatra JK 2500

These are all made in resin in China for Germany and the featured models are made to 1:43 scale. Auto Cult has informed us that their recent  1:18 scale Mercedes Benz SL-X has sold out.

E-01004 Panhard & Levassor Type Q Double Phaeton

Panhard et Levassor were in business from 1890 and were one of the major firms in early car production. The Q type was produced from 1905 to 1910; 108 cars were made. Each car was coachbuilt with a metal reinforced wooden chassis and was powered by a 10 litre four cylinder engine. The four seater car gave the rear seat passengers cover, doors and luxury seating but the front seat passengers were exposed to the elements.

E-02008 Tempo E400 Kombiwagen

By November 1930 one thousand Tempo three-wheelers had been made. The E400 type was introduced in 1936 with a 396cc engine and an all steel construction replacing the previous plywood and steel cabin and chassis. Tempo sold over 3,300 by 1938 when the E400 was withdrawn. The E400 was accompanied by an E200 and E600 to give a whole range of vehicles which sold well, though the E200 was the best seller. The E400 was also known as the “Athlet” and was fitted with a water cooled two stroke engine which produced 12.5hp. This was transferred to the front wheel by a three speed gearbox and chain final drive

E-04012 Kamm K3

This Kamm K3 still exists today. It shows how advanced streamlining was by the 1930s. It was designed by Wunnibald Kamm who was born in Basel 1893 and whose name lives on in the “Kamm Back” used to reduce drag and made famous by the 1960s sports racers and Le Mans cars in particular.

In the 1930s he designed and built four car bodies with this rear styling . The third vehicle, the K3, was based on the chassis of a Mercedes-Benz 170 V and has a modern faired in shape and smooth profile combined with the abrupt cut off rear.


E-06017 Tatra JK 2500

Another “might have been”. Engineer Julius Kubinski worked in the post war Czech motor industry. In 1951 he began working on a project with the company designation JK 009. His employer gave him scope to design a sporty two-seater car inspired by Italian styling. Later Julius Kubinski  went alone to develop the car himself working with limited resources and sixteen engineers the sports car reached prototype form in 1954. It proved to be disappointing to drive as the engine was not powerful enough to make the car as fast as it looked.

Shown in a Czech car magazine in 1956 the Heads of State were initially very keen on the car and instructed Tatra to look at full scale production. The car was worked on with an improved V8 engine and performance was markedly improved. Sadly the investment needed  for Tatra to produce these cars was so large that the State decided not to fund production of the car.  Julius Kubinski was given his car back and drove it for another 13 years before he sold it.

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