1954 Cuno Bistram
Sold For $19,550Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
A delightfully original, one-off runabout.
Manufacturer: Cuno Bistram
Origin: Hamburg, Germany
Motor: ILO 1-cyl., 2-stroke
Displacement: 150 cc
Power: 6.7 hp
Length: 8 ft. 3 in.
Identification No. THP3029
This highly original Cuno Bistram was a very well-constructed one-off from Hamburg. The name is the designer/constructor’s, about whom little is known, apart from the fact that the Bistram family was influential and well-known in Hamburg. He must have been a capable engineer, as the quality of workmanship is very high, both in the level of design and the superb metalworking skills in evidence.
The car takes the form of a monoposto racing car, but it was, apparently, simply intended as a personal runabout, built simply for the joy of building it rather than to some specific purpose.
The complex sliding pillar suspension and beautifully-shaped custom fuel tank fitting into the compound-curved tail are examples of the fine craftsmanship seen throughout. Bistram followed the principle of weglassen, meaning “leave it off if it’s not necessary.” This extends to the leaving-off of a starter motor. Starting means turning the ignition on, lifting the tail cover to tickle the carb, and giving the kick lever on the outside left rear a dab. The motor lights up easily, and one is soon enjoying the passing scenery accompanied by the pleasant burble of a period two-stroke.