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Lord K's Garage #115: Volkhart Sagitta

This compact streamliner appeared in the most inappropriate year - 1944

Based on the KdF-Wagen Typ 60, aka VW Beetle, it was designed by K.C. Volkhart as a fast courier car for Luftwaffe (German Air Force). Body, designed by Baron Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld, was built by Helmut Fuchs Niederwenningern/Ruhr. Thanks to its low drag coefficient (0.17 only) the streamline body allowed for speeds up to 150 km/h. The engine, mounted at the rear, was the standard VW 1.1-liter boxer, 24.5 hp.

Photo by hmboo @ Flickr

The sole example is preserved in the PROTOTYP Museum, Hamburg.

Source: The History of Cars

Headline photo by DigitalSunburst @ Flickr

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Comment by lord_k on December 3, 2011 at 3:44pm

To Alex:

a platypus?.. I like this idea.

Comment by Alex Bolado on December 3, 2011 at 2:10pm

Oddly ugly but also oddly graceful, like a platypus or something.

Comment by John L. Sands on December 2, 2011 at 8:11pm

I cant stop admiring this automobile. It is as if Forrest Tucker and Ferdinand Porsche had co-ventured with Alfa Romero in the late 50's to build an aerodynamic sports/racing car. The color is olive green military.

Comment by John L. Sands on December 2, 2011 at 3:08pm

It is sooooo German. I want one. There is a lot of Porche in this one. GREAT FIND!

Comment by Lejon Astray on December 2, 2011 at 12:40pm

Why do I get the feeling that the future was to be a lot cooler, and way less comfortable?

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