This week, we’re bringing you images of the microcars from around the world that turned the motoring establishment upside down. Were you able to identify yesterday’s challenge car from its side profile detail?
Did you guess yesterday’s microcar correctly?
If you knew that the sleek side detail shot was of the Zündapp Janus 250, you’ve likely studied the textbook on small German microcars. Even more rare than the Velorex 16/350, the Janus was a product of post-war Germany, and like the BMW Isetta, featured unconventional passenger doors. Unlike the Isetta, however, the Janus opened from both sides.
According to a spec sheet provided by its owner, this particular 1958 Janus achieved up to 55 mpg, and a top speed of 60 mph, from a 250-cc two-stroke engine. For added versatility, the Janus’ two opposing rows of seats can be folded down to create one flat seating area. We’re not sure if it’s the best car to take on a camping trip, but we wonder if it’s any less efficient than pitching a tent for the night.
Can you guess today’s microcar by this exterior photo? Give it your best shot in the comments section below over the weekend, or on the Automobile Magazine Facebook page. We’ll announce the results on Monday.
Janus museum photos credit: Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum