1928 Hanomag 2/10 PS 'Kommissbrot'

1928 Hanomag 2/10 PS 'Kommissbrot'

The Hanomag 2/10 PS was an economy car manufactured by Hanomag from 1924 to 1928. It was one of the first cars with envelope styling. It was affectionately referred to as the "Kommissbrot" or "Loaf of Rye Bread" due to its small squarish shape.

The 2/10 PS (two taxable / ten brake horsepower) had a single-cylinder half litre engine behind the passengers. The rear axle was chain-driven, with no differential. With a fuel consumption of 4.0 litres per 100 kilometres (71 mpg‑imp; 59 mpg‑US) it was the world's most fuel efficient mass-production car between the two World Wars due to the low-friction one-cylinder engine and its very light weight.

The fenders, or wings, of the 2/10 PS were integrated into the bodywork of the car, allowing the passenger space to be wider than it would have been with the traditional separate fenders and running board. The compact drivetrain allowed the floor to be lower, making it possible to enter the car from the ground without a running board.[citation needed] The rounded appearance of the 2/10 PS, due to the envelope styling, earned it the nickname Kommissbrot after the inexpensive, flat-sided bread used by the military.

The 2/10 PS faced competition from the Opel Laubfrosch and the Dixi DA1 variant of the Austin 7 and was replaced in 1928 by the more conventional 3/16 PS model.

The car, one of the very last manufactured, chassis number 15460, was once exhibited at the Movie World in Buena Park, California in the Brucker Collection. This Hanomag was the subject of an article in the magazine Car Classics (May 1969 issue) on his smuggling activities at the US-Mexico border. The car was seized by the authorities and later found the way to the Movie World where it had been restored.

Descriptions & pictures by wikipedia & bonhams & hiveminer & lautomobileancienne

Production Start 1928
Country of origin Germany