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I was going to wait a while, but it seems more than one have taken the time to pursue the story behind this fascinating and remarkable automobile & are aware of the identity of this thing so I think it's time to reveal all. It's the 1935 Hoffman 8X..............and as indicated, it's the only one ever made. The curious thing about this car is that even though it wasn't officially commissioned by one of the big manufacturers there seems to have been enough money available to develop a on

Not a 450, 150, 200 or 300 - rarer than those, with only two original factory cars made, although some have been cobbled together later. Given that you can't measure the engine size from my photo and John is going away I will disclose that it is a 250S. This was the first car to use the new (or at least much revised) four cylinder engine planned for the forthcoming T series birdcage models. The idea was to produce a car with the straight line performance of the 300S but with the lighter and torq

I have several and will search... but here's a really unrecognizable one... 😎 because my dad had some normal cars... but HIS dad even BUILT its own !! he had a small workshop for agri gear... and put some pieces together in 1900, as recorded time ago in our local newspaper (dirty scan hereunder) ... after that (1902)  he was approached by a gentleman from Turin who easily convinced him that making cars needed organization... 😁... and capital... and that was better to sell FIATs instead of making

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Looks like a Fuldamobil "S" though I am at a loss which number from S1 to S4.

Btw: the constructor was not the "Fulda" tires work, now a part of Goodyear, but the "Fulda Maschinenbau". 

Edit: to be exact: brand name was "Fuldamobil", therefor I corrected my first entry.  

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vor 9 Stunden schrieb UliWer:

Looks like a Fuldamobil "S" though I am at a loss which number from S1 to S4.

Btw: the constructor was not the "Fulda" tires work, now a part of Goodyear, but the "Fulda Maschinenbau". 

Edit: to be exact: brand name was "Fuldamobil", therefor I corrected my first entry.  

So you are the winner ✌️

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1 hour ago, John Z. Goriup said:

At first glance Ford Vedette springs to mind............... but on closer inspection I'm not so sure.

You are right to be unsure - no Ford. 

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Re the Fulda it’s hard to track the changes in the series but the S-2 still had the wipers mounted above the windscreen I think, but the rear window is too small to be the S-6 which definitely had them below...(need to dig out microcar sale catalogues)

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Nigel, so many small changes within a single series but in general this looks pretty sure like S-2. I maybe have an expert if we want to be 100% sure. Would take some time.

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1 hour ago, Rona!d said:

Nigel, so many small changes within a single series but in general this looks pretty sure like S-2. I maybe have an expert if we want to be 100% sure. Would take some time.

I don't think it's worth all that!...😀

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15 hours ago, John Z. Goriup said:

Soviet GAZ - Pobeda

Yes it is a GAZ M20 „Pobeda“ - I had no idea that this car existed before I saw it and took the picture. The Warszawa was (almost?) identical, but my photo shows the russian „Pobeda“.

Here is the front view:

... and it is John's turn. 

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There are two rare versions of the Pobeda (Victory), a 4WD model and ever rarer, a 6 cylinder version the M20G, made for the KGB as a chase car to hunt down "enemies of the state". I believe they also tried to fit the Packard clone 6.0 straight 8 from the ZiS limousine but it just could not shoehorn it in. The under-pinnings and engine of the standard model bear a quite close resemblance to a 1938 Opel Kapitan. 

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19 hours ago, wlaidlaw said:

the Pobeda (Victory) 6 cylinder version the M20G, made for the KGB as a chase car to hunt down "enemies of the state".

Wilson, is this from personal experience?

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Hector, 

About 4 or 5 years ago I read a book called "Cars of the Soviet Union, the definitive history". That is where I read about the "KGB Pobeda 6 cylinder Chase Car". Given that the miscreants were almost certainly on foot or at best on a bicycle, it seemed a bit unnecessary but it was probably unwise to decline a KGB request.

The only Soviet sphere countries I visited during the iron curtain era were East Germany for a day trip in 1964 to go to the Stats Oper in East Berlin and a business trip to Bulgaria in 1980 to see the State Insurance Company (Bulstrad) about insuring the State Airline, Balkan Airlines. At that time in Sofia, I think there was still more horse drawn traffic than motorised in the capital city and I ended up taking out some heart medication (Nitroglycerin angina spray) for the director of Bulstrad, who was our contact, as it had become unobtainable there. 

Wilson

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Thank-you Wilson for explaining your cover while deep behind the Iron Curtain. When I lived in Berlin (1975) we did numerous trips to the Other Side not realising how historic would be the photos taken.  The Democratic Utopia was not dissimilar from the Socialist State of Victoria where we are now subject to a fourth Lockdown.  A very beautiful woman in Prague wanted to marry me with the promise that we would divorce when back in West Berlin.  With hindsight fun times.

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I took a Rollei 35S to Bulgaria in 1980 to document my trip but it was stolen from my hotel room in Sofia, when I was downstairs having what was loosely described as breakfast. As I was an official government visitor, the terrified hotel manager pleaded with me not to call the police and tried to hand me US $200 to cover the cost. I explained that it was all covered by my company's travel insurance policy and I would be fully reimbursed when I got back to the UK, so he could put away his $200 but instead just give me a letter on the hotel's headed paper confirming the theft, for the insurers. 

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