Post-War vehicles

In the 1950s, the dream of owning a car became a reality for many Germans earning an average salary, thanks to small cars like these. From today's perspective, these vehicles, built with the simplest of means, seem primitive. However, it is important not to overlook the fact that a worker would not have been able to afford a car at all prior to the War. This did not just apply to Germany: it was true for the whole of Europe. Only in the USA did mass motorisation become a reality in the 1920s - as can be seen in our American Dream Cars collection. The economic boom experienced by the post-War generation cannot least be recognised by comparing today's average car to these small vehicles.

You can see many of these vehicles in the Technik Museum Sinsheim, along with the contemporary motorcycles that got Germany moving after the war. Of course, small vehicles not made in Germany that drove along Europe's roads at the time are also on display.