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Zündapp Janus 250
The Zündapp Janus was an evolution of a design by Claudius Dornier to produce a 2-door 4-seater bubble car named the 'Dornier Delta' in 1954. But the design was too costly to produce and was shelved and until a licence was granted to motorcycle manufacturer Zündapp to develop the design and put it into production. The Zündapp Janus was launched in 1957, so named after the Greek God Janus who was usually portrayed as having two heads, one looking forwards and one looking to the past. Mechanically the Janus was given Zundapp's own 248cc engine from the Bella scooter mounted centrally between front and rear seats. There was macpherson strut suspension and a 4-speed gearbox, but it sold at too higher a price and had to compete against the new Fiat Nuova 500. Zündapp sold the factory to Bosch in 1958 and production ended.
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Zundapp Janus 250 - badge on wing
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Zundapp Janus 250 - front door (the headlamps tell us that it is the front)
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Zundapp Janus 250 - rear door (the red lamps tell us that it is the rear)
Zündapp Janus 250 front
Zundapp Janus 250. From the front, the Janus 250 resembled many bubble cars with its side-hinged opening front door
Zündapp Janus 250 rear
Zundapp Janus 250. From the rear, the Janus 250 did NOT resemble many bubble cars, because it had a side-hinged opening REAR door for the rear passengers. The engine was in the middle between the seats.
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key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
withe even more on RedSimon
Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
And also to Wikipedia
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