1956 - 1958

Heinkel 

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Heinkel, originally famed for its aircraft production during World War II, ventured into the automotive world in 1956 under the leadership of Ernst Heinkel. The brand was an early pioneer in the microcar segment, an innovation driven by post-war resource scarcity. Its initial offering, the Heinkel Kabine, was a compact vehicle, characterized by its bubble-shaped design and rear-engine layout, which became emblematic of the 1950s European microcar trend. The Kabine was not just economical but also ingeniously designed to maximize space and efficiency, featuring a unique front-opening door.

Despite its initial success in the microcar market, Heinkel struggled to maintain momentum as the automotive industry evolved. The brand eventually ceased car production in 1958, returning its focus to aviation. Today, Heinkel is primarily remembered in automotive circles for its distinctive contributions to the microcar era, with the Kabine remaining a beloved classic. The company’s brief but impactful automotive legacy continues to be celebrated by enthusiasts and collectors, marking a significant, though fleeting, chapter in European motoring history.

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