Beautiful Tiny 1929 Zaschka Three Wheeler, The World’s First Folding Car

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.

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Beautiful Tiny 1929 Zaschka Three Wheeler, The World’s First Folding Car

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.

Beautiful Tiny 1929 Zaschka Three Wheeler, The World’s First Folding Car

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.

Beautiful Tiny 1929 Zaschka Three Wheeler, The World’s First Folding Car

Features of the vehicle are said to have been important to Richard Buckminster Fuller and his Dymaxion car in 1933.

Beautiful Tiny 1929 Zaschka Three Wheeler, The World’s First Folding Car
Beautiful Tiny 1929 Zaschka Three Wheeler, The World’s First Folding Car
Beautiful Tiny 1929 Zaschka Three Wheeler, The World’s First Folding Car

Portrait of inventor Engelbert Zaschka in Berlin, 1927.
Beautiful Tiny 1929 Zaschka Three Wheeler, The World’s First Folding Car

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