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Built in 1929 in Berlin (Germany) 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 20 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 mpg.  Features of the vehicle are said to have been important to Richard Buckminster Fuller and his Dymaxion car in 1933.  The Zaschka sold for $300 though it is not known how many vehicles were produced.


The 1929 Zaschka.


The 1929 Zaschka being assembled.

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