Maico MC 500/4
|Engines:||0.45 liter (18 hp)|
|Wheelbase :||2070 mm|
|Curb weight :||575 kg|
The Maico MC 500/4 is a car model of the vehicle manufacturer Maico from Pfäffingen . He appeared in June 1956 as a largely same, but more powerful motorized version of the Maico MC 400/4 . The Maico MC 500/4 was the only vehicle in the series that was produced in large numbers, but ultimately failed and this model without successor. Maico then withdrew from the car construction.The new price was 3490 DM for the standard version and 3590 DM for the luxury version. The heating was additionally charged with 75 DM. There were 6301 vehicles.
Body and chassis
The Maico MC 500/4 was a two-door sedan (rear doors hinged) with box frame and sheet steel body of Baur body and vehicle . The front wheels hung from double wishbone suspension, the rear wheels on a swing axle with telescopic shock absorbers. In the first year of construction, the car which were replaced in July 1957 by coil springs. At the same time he received telescopic shock absorbers front and rear. In addition, the rack-and-pinion steering has been replaced by a worm roller steering system. The drum brakes were hydraulically operated.
According to one source, the concept presented in the advertisement as a "full-fledged automobile" and as a "comfortable 4-seater" did not correspond to reality; already in twos, it became tight in the vehicle. Another source, however, that four adults could not complain about the space writes. tank and spare wheel housed under the front hood, so for luggage left little space.
Dimensions and weights
With a wheelbase of 207 cm and a track width of 120 cm (front) and 115.5 cm (rear), the vehicle was 343 cm long, 147 cm wide and 135.5 cm high. The empty weight was 575 kg, the permissible total weight 880 kg.
The water-cooled two-cylinder - two-stroke engine of Heinkel had 452 cc engine capacity and made 18 hp (13 kW). He was installed in the rear of the vehicle and drove the rear axle via a single-disc dry clutch and a four-speed gearbox with center lever. The top speed was 95 km / h. The fuel consumption was reported as 6 liters per 100 km.
Breaking levers led to costly complaints and ruined the image of the small car.