Staunau K400 1950 Red

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Staunau K400 1950 Red by Autocult

A Fairy Tale that caught up with reality     
Before the Second World War, Karl-Heinz Staunau ran a machine factory which specialized in confectionery and ice machines, in the Harburg district of Hamburg. In the course of the war reparations his company was mentioned twice on the dismantling list. In 1949, his factory hall was completely emptied for the second time. All he had left was the building and his 180 employees. But he made a virtue of necessity, put his former profession behind and decided to enter the automobile production. Together with the 32-year-old aircraft designer Gerd Krebs, he put his idea of a small car, which was visually more appealing than comparable vehicles, on paper. Gerd Krebs ensured that the car was much more sophisticated than its competitors. The buyers had the choice between two engines for the small car – a two cylinder two-stroke boxer engine with 400cc or with 750cc, both produced by JLO. The smaller boxer engine produced 12 hp and the 750cc version had a power output of 25 hp.   Many of the companies that had a try at the small car segment around 1950 constructed their models based on motorcycles and not as independent car concepts. But Karl-Heinz Staunau went the other, supposedly better way and designed a “real” car! This was underlined by the fact that the small car offered space for up to six passengers – three in the front on a full width bench seat and additional three in the rear. Series production began in mid-July 1950. It was planned to begin with four cars per day with the option of up to 600 to 900 units per month. The sales price for the 400cc version was set at 4,752 DM and for the 750cc version at 6,457 DM. But the desired success came to nothing. Only 64 copies of the ‘K 400’ left the factory in Hamburg and the 750cc version was sold only 16 times. Already in 1951 the decision was made to cease the production.

Description: Staunau K400 1950 Red
Catalogue#: ATC03019
Product Type: Resincast
Scale: 1:43
Event: Road
Colour: Red
Drivers: -
Sponsors: -
Dates: 1950
Race/Position: -
Release Date: February 2021
Weight: 450 grams
Comments: Limited edition of 333 pieces.

About Autocult

A relatively new maker of very well finished resincast models, established in 2015. Very imaginative choice of subjects, often concentrating on the more eccentric episodes in motoring history! Production limited to 333 pieces of each subject, which often means that we get one delivery and that is it, so pre-orders strongly recommended!! Made in China for Germany.

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