Enzmann Automobiles Schupfheim; Switzerland 1956 to 1967
The Enzmann Spider also called the Enzmann 506 is a sports car constructed by the Swiss Emil Enzmann , which was built from 1956 to 1968. The brand name Enzmann has been continued since 2001 by the son-in-law of Emil Enzmann. The company is currently based in Bischofszell as Gossweiler + Schreiber .
In 1953, the Swiss country doctor and hobby designer Dr. med. Emil Enzmann an open sports car, inspired by the Porsche 550 Spyder . The body was a monoblock type made of fiberglass-reinforced plastic ,then was bolted to a VW chassis . To reduce weight, the installation of doors was omitted, which also simplified the body structure.
In 1956, the Enzmann-Spider was presented in Lausanne at the Comptoir Suisse . In 1957, the International Motor Show followed in Frankfurt, where he also received the suffix 506 , the number of the trade fair stand. There were three variants:
- Spider - with a small racing disc and open
- Cabriolet - with Karmann disc and folding roof
- Hardtop - with fixed folding or parallel sliding roof
It was made from 1956 to 1968. The main cause for the production to stop was ultimately the procurement of new chassis , which was torpedoed by VW. VW saw in Enzmann a competitor to the VW Karmann Ghia . Thus, the veto of AMAG , the Swiss VW and Porsche importer, meant the end for the Enzmann production. The alternative would have been to buy new VW Beetle, unscrew their bodies and convert them to men . This would have been far too expensive and Enzmann would have thrown out of the race in the competition - a circumstance that brought the end to other Beetle converters, such as the company Rometsch .Finally, about 100 vehicles have been built.
Karl Enzmann and Werner Schreiber, son and son-in-law of the company founder, nowadays produce faithful new editions. Since the launch of the new edition in 2001, air-cooled boxer engines with two-liter displacement and a twin carburetor from the Volkswagen Beetle have been used there . The power is rated at 110 hp .