Last summer we visited the Louwman Museum at the Hague. It is the biggest car museum in the Netherlands counting around 230 cars. It started in 1934 as a private collection. In 2010 it moved to a new building where it remains now:
Friday, 27 March 2015
The LAZ 360E was created in 1970. It was a city bus whose construction was many years ahead of his time! The prototype was a completely low floor bus with a floor height of 360mm! That was achieved using a hybrid drivetrain. The 4 rear wheels were driven by an electic motor, the petrol engine and a generator was put under the drivers seat. And how about the diagonal windows - such construction provides a much stiffer and lighter frame! I could find only 5 photos and 1 drawing of this bus, so I did my best to let it look like the original one. Enjoy:
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Monday, 16 March 2015
Friday, 13 March 2015
The most known cars of the Eastern Bloc are the stinking Trabants and Wartburgs, the square Skodas and maybe the stremlined Tatras. But much more interesting prototypes have been built there. Today I show you the ones I found most interesting.
The Trabant P603 - 1964. As you may remember the VW Golf I appeared only in 1974. 10 Years later!
Monday, 9 March 2015
The VNIITE Maksi is a prototype developed in the far 1967 in the USSR. It has a aircooled engine from the ZAZ 965A at the rear. It had two sliding doors like a Peugoet 1007. The air inlets at the sides and the roof were used for cooling. It has quite a modern apperance for it's time. Not all manufacturers did have prototypes of a small MPV in '67. However only a few prototypes were built, so now we only can enjoy a 3d model: