EFA-Museum für deutsche Automobilgeschichte – Amerang (D)

When I collected the latest rental car from Herr Sixt in Munich Airport, I asked for a map, and was told that the car had satellite navigation, which was true, and therefore I should not need one. True in theory, but planning is still more readily done using a traditional map! Installed in the hotel, I spotted a rack of leaflets on local attractions, and noted a picture of a Horch on one of them. Intrigued, I picked it up and discovered the EFA Museum fuer deutsche Automobulgeschicht, in Amerang was the attraction it was highlighting. A little more research revealed that it is less than an hour away from Munich, and the perfect attraction for a very wet and soggy day, which is what greeted me on Sunday morning.
The collection is housed in a purpose- built facility in a little village in the middle of nowhere. Pay your 8 Euros, and you find a museum with approximately 220 cars from the beginnings of motoring to more or less the present day, all of them from German manufacturers. There is limited text about the cars, beyond basic stats, so the fact that it is only presented in German should not present too many problems to those who do not speak the language.  Here is what I found:


Two vehicles from 1886, a Benz and a Daimler

1894 Benz Patent Motorwagen Velo

1898 Wartburg
1903 Adler
1908 NAG DoppelPhaeton
1909 Opel 4/8DoktorWagen
1912 Apollo C
1910 KAN Phaeton
1913 Mercedes 26/65 Phaeton
1918 Protos 10/30 Tourenwagen
1924 AGA 6/20 Tourenwagen
1925 Adler 10/50 Tourenwagen
1926 Presto 9/40 Tourenwagen
1931 Brennabor Typ C
1934 Adler Trumpf Junior Cabrio
1928 Adler Standard 6 Limousine
1938 Hanomag 1.3
1934 Hanomag Rekord Limousine
1934 Hanomag 4/23 Limousine
1929 Hanomag 3/16 Cabriolet
1925 Hanomag Komissbrot
1935 Audi Typ 225 Cabrio
1937 Wanderer W24 Cabrio
1933 Wanderer W22 Limousine
1926 Wanderer W10/11 Limousine
1938 DKW Meisterklasse F8 Cabrio
1937 DKW Meisterklasse F7 2 Seater
1938 DKW Meisterklasse F2
1928 DKW P15 Cabrio
1904 Adler 8/16
1918 Benz 27/70 Sport Tourer
1919 Elite E12 StadtCoupe
1922 NAG TypC4 Monza
1925 Wanderer W8 4/20
1926 4/16

1929 4/20
1931 1.8 Cabrio
1934 1.2 converted to be a woodburner during WW2
1935 P4 Limousine
1935 Olympia 1.3
1937 Kadett
1938 Kapitan
1938 Admiral Cabrio
1938 Horch 830BL
1939 Taunus

1935 V8 Cabrio
1935 Eifel
1934 Rheinland
1933 Model Y “Koln”
1930 Tudor
1927 Model “T” Phaeton
1937 Stoewer Septin Cabrio
1940 VW Kubelwagen Typ 82
A complete row of BMWs from the 1930s showed the evolution of the marque from licensed Austin Seven “Dixi” models to a range of sporting vehicles with in a very short period of time.

1927 Dixi 3/15 DA1

1928 Dixi 3/15 DA2
1930 Dixi 3/15 DA3
1932 3/20 AM4
1934 309
1935 319 Sport Cabrio
1936 326 Limousine
1939 321 Cabrio
1937 327 Coupe
1939 335 Limousine
Facing the BMWs were a number of Mercedes models from the same period, showing how the two were not really the close competitors then that they are now.

1929 370 Limousine and 370 S

1931 Mannheim 370S
1936 170H
1936 230 Cabrio B
1936 290 Roadster
1937 260D – the world’s first diesel powered car
1937 320A and 320B Cabrio
1939 230 Cabrio A
There were several displays showing the components from which cars are assembled.
EXCLUSIVE CARS from the 1930s
These splendid cars would have been extremely expensive and correspondingly very rare when new in the 1930s. A couple of more recent vehicles with the same philosophy completed this part of the display.

1930 Horch 8 Typ 400 Sport Cabrio

1935 Horch 835 BL Sedan Cabrio

1935 Horch 850 Pullmann Cabrio
1930 Merecedes Nurburg 500 Tourer
1939 Maybach SW42
1937 Mercedes Typ 320 Cabrio F
1926 Mercedes 630 Kompressor
1927 Mercedes S Tourer
1936 Mercedes 540K Cabrio A and Cabrio B
1951 Mercedes 300 Cabrio
1964 Mercedes 600
1938 Horch 855
1935 Mercedes 500K
1937 BMW 327

1937 Mercedes 170V Cabrio
1937 Opel Super 6 Cabrio
1936 Wanderer W25K
1937 BMW328
1937 Ford Eifel Roadster
1935 BMW 315/1
1936 DKW Luxus F5
1949 BMW 340
1954 Horch Sachsenring P240
1949 IFA F8 Cabrio
1990 Trabant
1963 DKW F12 Roadster
1961 BMW 700 Cabrio
1959 NSU Sport Prinz
1965 NSU Typ 110
1960 NSU Prinz IV
1950 Gutbrod Superior
1954 Fuldamobil
1956 Maico 500
1960 NSU Prinz III
1957 Goggomobil TS250
1957 Viktoria Spatz
1950 Kleinschnittiger F125
1950 Lloyd LP300
1955 BMW Isetta 250
1957 BMW 600
1955 Messerschmitt KR250
1957 Zundapp Janus
1956 Heinkel 150

Among the VWs in here was an early example of the 1200 “Beetle”, the popular 1500 and a Golf Mark 1
Opels included the 1947 Opel Olympia, 1951 Kapitan and a 1952  Rekord
Fords were the 1951 Ford Taunus de Luxe, 1957 Ford Taunus 17M and 1952 Ford Taunus M12
Among the Mercedes in this area were this 1946 Mercedes 170V  a 1958 220S “Ponton” and a 1979 450 SEL 6.9, surely the ultimate “Q” car.
Audis included this 100 Coupe, a 72 and the Coupe quattro
BMWs represented in this hall were the “Neue Klasse” 1800 and the E3 model 2500 luxury sports saloon, as well as “Baroque Angel” 502 Cabrio.
1949 Borgward Hansa 1500
1964 Glas 1700 and 1967 Glas 3000 V8 Coupe
1957 DKW F94

NSU Ro80

Auto Union 1000SP, a car styled very much in the mould of the American Ford Thunderbird
This 1969 Thurner RS was based on NSU TT mechanicals
These cars were produced immediately after the second world war and were very similar to the pre-war cars: 1949 170 Cabrio A and 1950 170 V Coupe

Stalwart of the range in the 1950s was the 220, and a number of the more interesting models were showcased here, including the 1951 220 Cabrio A, the 1954 220 Coupe, the 1956 220 S Cabrio, and the 1958 220SE Coupe
Top of the range were the 300 models, and there were a couple of these, too:  1955 300S Cabrio A and 1952 300S Coupe
Models from the 1960s included two absolutely splendid cars, a 1962 300SE Cabrio and the later 1969 280SE 3.5 Coupe
The evolution of the SL brand was shown by these cars, including a couple of 1954 300SL coupe and a 1957 cabrio version, as well as, a 1959 190 SL, a W113 Pagoda model, an R107 “Panzerwagen” and the 1990s model R129, in 500SL format.
The central display of one of the halls featured a number of recent iconic sports cars, some more famous than others:

Audi Quattro Sport

BMWs included a  Z1, an M1 and a 3.0 CSL Batmobile as well as a 507
This NSU Spider was powered by the Wankel rotary engine, in which car it was tested before the better known Ro80 model was launched with the same engine technology.
VWs included a 1303 Cabriolet, the first water-cooled front wheel drive VW, the unsuccessful K70, a 411 and a Karmann Ghia
There were 2 examples of the very rare BMW 503, as well as a 1600 Cabriolet.
Ford Capri, in German 1500 model format
Opels included the GT, and this Commodore GS, a car which was quite popular in the UK in the mid 1970s.
Borgwards included an Isabella saloon and a TS Coupe model, and in the period recreation of a garage was a convertible model
A forgotten name, now, this is a Lloyd Arabella.
A further forgotten marque, this is a Hansa
VW Porsche 914

1990 928 GT
Several 911s, including the rare Speedster
924 Turbo
A number of racing and rally vehicles were represented, including these:
The last few exhibits are just as splendid, and include a  Porsche 356 Speedster, a VW Kubelwagen, this stunning 1936 Horch 855 and a Maybach from the same period..

As if all this was not enough, if you go downstairs there is a huge model railway, with lots of trains circulating.
This is an incredible collection, and one which I had not even heard about until my visit. It is only an hour or so from Munich, and is well worth a side-trip for anyone in the area.

2010-10-30 18:37:29

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