Retro and rare cars expert
Right car, wrong time? The Borgward conundrum. Was the German company’s advanced but ill-fated Hansa destined to fail? Carl Borgward’s Hansa 1100 had an advanced specification for the late 1950s, but was it the model that he should have been making? Jon Pressnell has his doubts… Photography Tony Baker. Archive Peter Kurze/LAT.
Future Shock. Panhard’s 1948 Dynavia pointed the way forward for the firm known as La doyenne d’avant garde. Jon Pressnell takes a look at the aerodynamic concept car that rocked the motoring world of the time. Photography Tony Baker Archive Lat. Panhard Dynavia. France’s most avant-garde prototype.
Number of the beast. Mathis 666 prototype. An extraordinary ’40s French saloon. It was optimistically billed as ‘tomorrow’s car today’ and as an American car for Europe. But the brave Mathis 666 never stood a chance, says Jon Pressnell. Photography Tony Baker.