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Redusernab Weekend Edition – Fascinating Spohn Coachworks History

While looking through the , there was a very curious vehicle that was being offered called the 1953 Spohn Roadster. I knew nothing about Spohn, so I did a little digging, and here is what I found….


According to the website (Which is sort of a Wikipedia for Custom Cars), Spohn was a coachwork company in Ravensburg, Germany run by designer Hermann Spohn. Hermann formed his company during the early 20’s and gained notoriety with his Bugatti, Steyr, Mercedes-Benz, and Maybach custom creations.

Deep within the listing is a reference to the which took its design cues from the . This looks to be the same car offered at the . According to the catalog entry:

1953 Spohn Roadster, green. Apears complete, for restoration – sitting for years. Very unique. Original interior surfaces in poor shape, deteriorating, severe paint loss on hood. All exterior trim pieces appear complete and preserved, though vehicle in need of extensive restoration.

Auction estimates are between $100,000 and $200,000 with a starting bid of $50,000. This is a very unusual car, with an interesting family history, and a unique coachbuilder. I would expect to see this car reach over six figures, but what do you think? Let me know your thoughts.

  • Lou Hall

    It's so wonderfully ugly, I MUST HAVE IT!

  • Charles_Barrett

    It appears to be equipped with one helluva backup light. No excuse for backing into anything or over anyone after dark with that setup.

  • Joe Dunlap

    They expect to get 200k for this?? Seriously? I wouldnt pay that much for it if I were Bill Gates. Now, if you wanted to PAY me that much to take it off your hands, we can talk. This thing is just an eyesore and no amount of bleach can remove it once seen. Random thoughts….The seller states it seems to be all there. So what happened to the sheetmetal that used to fill that hole in the glovebox? Cadillac called, they want their fins back. My grampa called, he wants the handle for his Kelvinator fridge back. Chip and Dale called, they want their stash of acorns under the intake manifold back. What swamp did they skim for the paint color? Ugh.

    • UDman

      So Joe, tell us how you really feel….

      • Joe Dunlap

        Sorry. I guess I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve….:-)

  • Joe Dunlap

    Oh, and Im sure some Packard owner would be happy to have his wheel covers back

  • fede6882

    looks really nice, i love that massive front end. and instead of a backup light, it needs some kind of fire outlet there. but anyway, one really nice car, and very unique, i bet it will go for more than 100k.

  • facelvega

    A horrifying vehicle, maybe worth $20k just for historical oddness. Spohn's design work was almost uniformly wretched, and they had the distinction of being the firm to build some of the otherwise-amazing Brooks Stevens' worst efforts, like the hideous Valkyrie and some of the Gaylords.

    I do, however, like the look of the Spohn Plastik, which google tells me was Germany's first fiberglass-bodied car and one of the first custom-bodied VWs. Also, one of the great uses of plaid on a car body, here totally appropriate not just because it looks awesome but to symbolize the fabric embedded in the body:

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  • Jim-Bob

    It's interesting to be sure, but not $200,000 worth of interesting. Then again it never ceases to amaze me what rich people will pay for something at an auction.

  • Alff

    An interesting historical footnote that deserves to be preserved. I hope it finds a spohnsor.

    • Mr_Biggles

      Ouch. Please allow me to say: there is very little that gets by you.

    • Rockford_Brodie

      It'll likely end up in a field…at the Spohn Ranch.

  • my fellow Hoons, google image "Forgotten Fiberglass" and see what the event coordinator of the Daytona Dream Cruise has to offer…this olelongrooffan has a bunch of live images that will justify these prices…

  • Van Sarockin

    Definitely a stopping off point while hot on the trail of the Ugly Stick

  • Buickboy92

    I…I…I Love it! Weird indeed, very very weird. It does really look like a Buick. Very cool indeed. Hope it goes to a good home.

  • joshuman

    I really like the styling of the front half but not the rear so much. It looks like a vehicle that might appear in a Pixar movie.

  • Delia Wolfe

    Got to look at this car today in the "flesh" (or tin) as they say. According to Clar's Auctions it sold for a cool $100K. All I can say is, "it's rough but complete." The body panels were nearly all warped and the door/trunk gaps were less than acceptable in any context. Original color was a pale green and not this polished olive drab. Original interior showed wear, Motorola radio intact and the twin spotlamps date it to the early fifties. It was powered by a Ford OHV V8 and since I don't know my Fords, I can't say as if it was correct to the era.

    This would be a perfect ride for any Marvel Comic Book superhero (or villain)

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