Uber alles

  • 14 August 2021
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To understand just how much German pride was able to put behind it the memory of a country reduced to rubble after being defeated in the war, just look at three cars destined to enter the history books: the tiny Porsche Speedster, the BMW 507 and the Mercedes 300SL Roadster. 

1955-Porsche-Speedster-1536x1152The tiny 1955 Porsche Speedster was a dream for everyone

The established quality of Made in Germany combined with the unrivalled progress in aviation technology and construction made during the conflict, transformed these three stunning automobiles into a watershed moment for the German car industry. All three, in fact, were built in-house, their shapes wholly dependent on the underlying mechanics. A result that needs no additional comment.

1955-for-BMW-507-1536x1022The 1955 for BMW 507 was a declaration of intent: one day, once the crisis of the war is over, we will be an exclusive brand

But the story does not stop there: Audi was soon to arrive as well as the European subsidiary of GM, Opel, which wanted a piece of the action.

Not everything was beautiful though: how can we forget the curious, half-hearted attempt at the Volkswagen-Porsche? 

The story of German spiders is an austere one that is full of pride with one certainty: they will continue to create them. The road ahead is as straight as an arrow.

VW-KarmannVolkswagen mechanics dressed by Karmann in the rare open version from 1957

957-300-SL-Roadster-1536x1152The 1957 300 SL Roadster: a queen. It maintained the magnificent and harmonious design of the closed-top version but introduced more elegance and comfort

Volkswagen-Porsche-914-1536x939The unlucky experiment of the Volkswagen Porsche 914 from 1969. It was difficult to unite two very different brands

Mercedes-SLK-1536x1152Mercedes innovated the spider concept by introducing the folding hard roof in 1996 with the SLK

Audi-TT-1998German style purity and simplicity. This is the Audi TT from 1998

2000-BMW-Z8-1536x1152With its powerful M5-derived V10, the 2000 BMW Z8 was the modern interpretation of the famous 507

2001-Opel-Speedster-1536x1075Very light like the Lotus Elise from which it derives, the 2001 Opel Speedster guaranteed certain emotions and German quality