Beautiful Tiny 1929 Zaschka Three Wheeler, The World’s First Folding Car
Built in 1928 in Berlin, the Zaschka was a folding 3-wheeled car. Its inventor was Engelbert Zaschka who amongst other things was one of Germany’s first helicopter pioneers.
Zaschka’s 3-wheeler was designed so that it could be taken apart within 5 minutes and could be “knocked down” into three main sections and so the vehicle did not require a garage.
Each section was built around a tubular frame with a canvas body stretched over the frame and clipped into position. The vehicle had a chain driven rear wheel and was capable of 25 to 30 miles an hour. The “come-apart” car is a three wheeler which is priced at but $300.
Features of the vehicle are said to have been important to Richard Buckminster Fuller and his Dymaxion car in 1933.
Portrait of inventor Engelbert Zaschka in Berlin, 1927.