Two faces have I

Seriously, why would you not name this car “Janus”?

1957 Zuendapp Janus

German motorcycle manufacturer Zündapp took on this two-faced microcar from aircraft manufacturer Dornier. It was a four-seater unlike any other: the front seats faced front, and the rear seats faced back. The two doors were positioned accordingly. Somewhere in the middle was a tiny engine, a two-stroke single displacing 15 cubic inches and delivering 14 hp, good for about 50 mph if the wind is with you. Suspension was MacPherson struts all around; brakes were ventilated drums. Zündapp built 6902 of them in 1957-58 before giving up on the idea.

You’ve seen this style before, of course, in Cars 2:

Professor Z from Cars 2

Professor Zündapp is an international weapons designer with a couple of AMC losers for, um, henchmobiles. Unlike the actual car, he has but a single face.

(Via Road & Track.)

4 comments

  1. McGehee »

    2 January 2018 · 4:58 pm

    Of course he does. If he had two, why would he use that one?

  2. CGHill »

    2 January 2018 · 5:26 pm

    Touché.

  3. jsallison »

    2 January 2018 · 7:30 pm

    In the realm of quirky post war German jalopies I’mna liking pretty much anything Messerschmidt.

  4. Holly H »

    4 January 2018 · 8:52 am

    My used BMW cured me of ever wanting another German car. So happy I am now with my little Ford C-Max.

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