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Gutbrod was a German car manufacturer and machinery manufacturers in Plochingen on the Neckar and Bübingen on the Saar. The firm was founded by Wilhelm Gutbrod in 1926. It originally built motorcycles, then in 1930 expanded with the construction of small trucks (then standard vehicle factory GmbH), and from 1933 to 1935, Standard Superior cars were built with rear-mounted engines, tractors were built from with the company building garden and lawn tractors from 1957. The company became part of MTD in 1996.
An updated version of the Gutbrod Superior introduced in 1953 benefited from developments towards fuel injection undertaken by Mercedes-Benz dating initially from 1935: this Gutbrod was the first car in the world to be offered with fuel injection, some three years before fuel injection appeared in a production engine offered by Mercedes themselves.
The small Gutbrod Superior model was produced from 1950 to 1954 using the company's own, front-mounted twin-cylinder two-stroke engines initially of 593cc. In April 1953 the engine size was increased to 663 cc for more expensive 'Luxus 700' versions of the car, while the standard model continued to be offered with the original smaller engine. Claimed power output was 20 hp (15 kW) for the base version, while for the larger engine 26 hp (19 kW) or 30 hp (22 kW) was claimed according to whether fuel feed came via a carburettor or a form of fuel injection. Press reports commended the speed and secure handling of the cars but indicated that the sporty handling came in return for sacrificing some comfort. It was also noted that normal conversation became impossible at speeds above about 80 km/h (50 mph) due to the noise.
7726 cars were produced before the factory was forced to close. The car was developed at the company's small factory at Plochingen am Neckar by Technical Director Dr. Hans Scherenberg during the time of Walter Gutbrod who had taken over the firm in 1948 on the death of his father, Wilhelm Gutbrod (26 February 1890 - 9 August 1948). Scherenberg arrived at Gutbrod from Mercedes where the victorious war-time allies had enforced a pause in engine fuel-injection development, and in 1952 he would return to that firm.
It was a small two seater car, the overall length was 3.5 m (11 ft), width 1.4 m (4.6 ft) and the total weight 650 kg (1,433 lb), max speed 90 km/h (56 mph). The car was offered as standard version for a price of DM 3990, and as Superior Luxus for DM 4380. Recently, a restoration project of an injection model was sold in Geneva for CHF 3000.[citation (source) needed]
In 1953, the insolvency led to a partial sale of the company. 1954 saw the end of automobile production at Gutbrod. From 1957 exclusively agricultural equipment in the remaining works at Bübingen were produced. In 1976 the production area of the narrow vineyard tractors and municipal and Bungartz Peschke of the company was acquired.
Prior to its acquisition by Modern Tool and Die Company (MTD) in the year 1996, mainly manufacturing powered mowers and small tractors. Gutbrod today is one of the leading brands in outdoor power equipment.
The tractors were sold as the following models:
(1949-1951) (1950-1951) (1950-1951)
Sources and further readingEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Hans Scherenberg 90 Jahre", Auto Motor u. Sport Heft 23 2000: Seite 14. date November 2000.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Vor 20 Jahren: Test Gutbrod Superior (ie a page of extracts from the same magazine's edition of exactly twenty years earlier", Auto Motor u. Sport Heft 8 1973: Seite 90. date 14 April 1973.
- ↑ "Errinern Sie Sich? Entwurf von Meisterhad: Gutbrod Superior", Auto Motor u. Sport Heft 19 1976: Seite 72–75. date 15 September 1976.
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