Photographer's Note

The first part of post-war (re-)motorisation in Germany was done using motor bikes. When the demand for bikes slowly subsided (approx. 1953-1954), many companies sought their luck by producing compact cars or microcars. Maico Company of Pfäffingen (Württemberg) was one of them.

Maico had manufactured bikes and from 1954 until 1958 produced 8000 cars of different series. Their star of perdition was Maico 500 Sport, with a beautiful design from Swiss carrossier Beutler, 20 HP, vmax = 110 km/h and a price of 5400 DM - which then was half the price of a Porsche 356.

Only four of them were produced. This is the last survivor, found inside Auto- und Uhrenwelt, Schramberg, Black Forest. Maico returned to bike production and managed to sell the first 10.000 military bikes to the (West) German Bundesgrenzschutz and the newly founded Bundeswehr.

NB: Don't believe TE shutter speeds: they are not reproduced correctly. Shutter speed was 1/8 second - without tripod :-)

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