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Jehle

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Jehle, a unique name in the automotive landscape, heralds from the tiny principality of Liechtenstein. Established by Xavier Jehle during the late 1970s, the company quickly distinguished itself as one of the only two automakers from Liechtenstein, sharing this rare distinction with Orca Engineering. Jehle’s initial foray into car manufacturing began with innovative takes on the buggy concept, including the Mathies-Buggy and the Jehle Safari, which showcased a distinctive design influenced by Citroën.

One of Jehle’s standout creations was the Jehle Saphier, a wedge-shaped coupe that boasted canopy doors and a versatile engine lineup ranging from a turbocharged Volkswagen Golf engine to more powerful configurations featuring a mid-engine design with monocoque construction and a 5-liter Ford V8 engine. This model encapsulated the innovative spirit of Jehle, presenting a bold aesthetic and technical bravado.

However, the peak of Jehle’s ambition might be best represented by the Jehle Artemis, a supercar that promised performance on par with the finest in the industry, with versions planned that ranged from 500 to 1000 horsepower and a top speed that could reach 400 km/h. Despite these impressive plans, Jehle struggled with financial sustainability, leading to the company’s closure in the early 1990s.

Today, Jehle’s legacy remains a fascinating chapter in automotive history, marked by a blend of bold engineering and the inevitable challenges faced by a small manufacturer aiming to make a significant impact on the highly competitive automotive market.

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