DKW Enzmann 500 Spider

DKW Enzmann 500 Spider
Developed and Built in Switzerland
by Dr Emil Enzmann


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DKW Enzmann 500 Spider


DKW Enzmann 500 Spider


Grill of the DKW Enzmann 500 Spider


Enzmann 500 Spider


DKW Enzmann 500 Soft Top Cabriolet


Enzmann 500 Spider


DKW Enzmann Story

Dr Emil Enzmann, worked on the idea to building his affordable
and competitive sports roadster as early as 1953. He used the
Volkswagen chassis and engine, which were easily obtainable.
The car had a glassfibre body, which was a relatively new
body construction at that time. The Enzmann 506, as it was to
be named, had many advantages, such as strength, lightweight
construction and no rust problems. The Enzmann 506 was
first exhibited during 1956 at the Comptoir Suisse in Lausanne,


Enzmann VW 506 Spider


Enzmann VW 506 Cabriolet


Enzmann VW 506 Coupé


With some clever tuning and a low weight of some 500kg, the car
achieved respectable performance figures, good enough to give the
Porsche's some tough competition. The car was an instant success,
both on and off the race track. In 1957 the Enzmann 506 (named
after the exhibition stand number 506) was shown in Germany for
the first time at the Frankfurt car show. Actual car production of
this car, which had no doors, started in 1958 at Schlüpfheim near
Lucern, Switzerland.


During the early 1960's it became quite problematic to source the
number of Volkswagen chassis which were required for production,
as Volkswagen regarded this car a competitor to their Volkswagen
Karmann, so Dr Enzmann started to look around for an alternative
platform supplier.


Dr Enzmann settled on the DKW and started to update the body
design and adapt it for the changes required from rear wheel drive
with the engine at the back to the DKW configuration of front
wheel drive with the engine in front. The new model was going to
be named Enzmann 500 Spider. Although the DKW Enzmann
500 Spider had similar lines to the Enzmann 506 Spider, it had
several important improvements, including the two doors and the
extra emergency seat.


The 2004 model
Enzmann 506 Spider


Karl Enzmann, his son, is once again producing the Enzmann 506
with the Volkswagen Beetle as a platform, since 2001, with the
original molds.