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Image from a 1939 promotional brochure to sell the car, not much has changed in the positioning of luxury high performance cars over the years, it’s just that online media is more important than print…

I’ve no idea what the seaplane is but am intrigued to know if any of you aircraft enthusiasts can pick it.

406 of these cars were built between 1934 and 1940. Powered by a 5.4 litre supercharged, 180bhp straight-eight, these elegant 2600Kg beasts topped 105mph and did a standing quarter in around 16.5 seconds.

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The car above is the ‘ducks guts’ 540K Spezial Roadster of which only 25 were built, the brand association with the Hindenburg LZ-129 airship ended up rather a sub-optimal choice!

Credit…

Heritage Images, unattributed

Tailpiece…

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Comments
  1. Grant says:

    Mark,

    The seaplane looks very much lake an artists interpretation of something based on a 1935 Pan Am Clipper built by Martin.

    http://www.airvectors.net/avmars.html

    Scroll down to the first item and compare the photo there to the art work.

    Nothing much similar for the German take on the concept although they did have some advanced looking developments in the ’40s.

    That said I not the Luft Hansa logo present.

    Grant

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