1950s / 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show / German / Goggomobil

Live from the Frankfurt Motor Show: Goggomobil TS250 Coupe

Germany-based Getrag is celebrating 80 years of building transmissions at the Frankfurt Motor Show. To mark the occasion, the components manufacturer brought out a stunning Goggomobil TS250 Coupe built in the late 1950s.

A Getrag spokesperson explained the Goggomobil was chosen because it represents the firm’s first step into towards automation. Launched in 1957, the pocket-sized 250 was equipped with a two-stroke 247cc two-cylinder engine that sent 13.6 horsepower and 14.6 lb-ft. of torque to the rear wheels via a four-speed semi-automatic transmission that was called Selectromat. 13.6 horsepower certainly isn’t a lot, but the 250 could nonetheless reach a top speed of about 50 mph (75 km/h).

The 250 also stands out as the smallest street-legal car on display in Frankfurt.

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