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Bernd Rueters, the Adler 2.5 L. Ad Series

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Although best known for his post war Volkswagen illustrations, Bernd Rueters (1901 - 1958) produced a wide variety of excellent work before WWII. His work for the Adler 2.5L. is so exceptional, I've decided to do a separate article on them.

The Adler 2.5 L. was produced from 1937-1940. The streamlined body was the work of Karl Jenschke (1899 - 1969). The four door sedans were built by Ambi-Budd, the cabrios by Karmann, and a few sport models by Buhne.…


Cars built for advertising

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 10:00am 6 Comments

A comment on an earlier thread that I posted inspired me to do some internet digging for advertising cars. What I found was quite interesting. Some forms, such as bottles are easily adapted to automotive form, others need a little persuading.

Here's an English fruit vendors truck with apple shaped cab. Ford model AA (truck) chassis.



1937 REO Speedtanker

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 8:19pm 10 Comments

Here's a blast from the past that should have had a much larger impact; instead it's almost unknown. It was built on a 1937 REO chassis, a truck manufacturer in Lansing, Michigan. Plume is an Australian oil company, so I assume it was an Australian design. Can our Aussie friends tell us more about this wonderful device? This first image is fairly well known, the others were very difficult to turn up. What is the monument by the truck?…


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