Wegmann & Co.
Wegmann & Co. was a German car factory, in 1882 founded as Casseler Waggonfabriken by Wegmann, Harkort & Co.
In 1912 the company was taken over by the engineer August Bode and the merchant Conrad Köhler. Towards the end of the First World War in 1917, the company was commissioned to build the first German tank , the K-car . In the 1920s, initially the construction of railway cars was the focus of society. 1925, the sports car 4/20 PS was presented at the German Motor Show in Berlin. The vehicle was equipped with a streamlined wooden body, which was covered with leatherette. It accommodated two to three people. In the stern was a water-cooled two - cylinder boxer engine installed, the output of 1000 cc displacement 20 hp power. It is not known how many copies were produced.
The company became known in the 1930s as a manufacturer of passenger cars for the Henschel Wegmann train . Wegmann & Co delivered in 1936 the six prototypes of the apron car . Furthermore Wegmann built some of the lounge car of the special train leader, who was Adolf Hitler available, and the lounge car 10205 . During the period of the National Socialist dictatorship, the exploitation of forced laborers, prisoners of war and political prisoners was part of the corporate policy of the later Wehrwirtschaftsführer August Bode. Panzerkampfwagen were assembled, and, tank turrets were produced.
Leopard 1 Tank
In the early 1960s, the company participated in the development and production of the main battle tanks Leopard 1 and Leopard 2 . Later in the arms production, among other things, the Light Artillery Missile System (LARS) was added, which was in the Bundeswehr from 1969 to 2000 in use. In 1960, the sons of August Bode, Engelhard and Fritz, took over the management. Eight years later, the company was split into two independent companies - Wegmann & Co. and the Bode & Co. brothers . In 1979 Wegmann & Co. was passed on to the sons of Fritz, Manfred and Wolfgang Bode.
Wegmann & Co. was acquired by the company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) in 1999.