Zündapp Janus 250 (1957) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
Zündapp is one of the best-known makes of German motorcycles. The company's first car was in 1931 and it was Ferdinand Porche's design for a "people's car". They concentrated on motorcycles until 1956 when production began on an unusual microcar designed by aircraft-builder Claudius Dornier. As you can see, this car has two doors and seats four people – although in a very different way. Doors are located at the front and rear with passengers facing the front or rear. The engine is mounted between the two rows of seats which can be folded down to provide sleeping space for two people. This design simplified building as it called for fewer pressings. The name "Janus" was appropriately chosen after the Roman god who faced in two directions. Options for the Janus include a sun visor for both directions, sunroof, heater, and two-tone paint. The Janus, built in 1957 and 1958, was the only car Zündapp ever produced and was not a success as it was expensive and soberly equipped. Just 7000 cars were produced, of which very few survive.
The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.