1951 Gutbrod Superior 600
Sold For $16,100Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
A rare “Luxus” luxury example with a stylish coupe design.
Manufacturer: Gutbrod Motorenbau GmbH
Origin: Plochingen, Germany
Motor: Schnürle 2-cyl, 2-stroke
Displacement: 593 cc
Power: 20 hp
Length: 11 ft. 7 in.
Identification No. 67336
During the thirties, Wilhelm Gutbrod had built his Standard-Superior, designed by well-known designer Josef Ganz to incorporate an advanced central tube frame. His sons, Walter and Wolfgang, took over after the war and obtained permission to build a small transport vehicle along the same lines, as the building of cars was forbidden. The rear-mounted 500-cubic centimeter motor was soon replaced by an advanced 600-cubic centimeter two-cylinder designed by two-stroke expert Adolf Schnürle.
A quality small car was planned, to be aimed at a somewhat more upscale market of professional people. The car’s motor would be the same as used in the transporter, but it was turned and mounted at the front, with the radiator located behind. Care was devoted to the design of the coupe body, to the extent of building a wooden model. The fender pressings were interchangeable from the left front to right rear, as were the hood and trunk lids. The car was practical, well finished, and in good taste. Unfortunately, development of several ensuing models, including sports cars and sedans, left the company financially strapped. The car offered here is a Luxus model, which features a higher level of trim, including a white steering wheel and clock. Produced for only one year, this is an excellent example of the rare and stylish coupe.