1936 Adler Trumpf 1700 EV Karmann Cabriolet

    • Year 1936
    • Chassis Number 170170
    • Engine Number 115218

    Designed by Gustav Rohr the Adler Trumpf was quite advanced for its day with  front wheel drive, four independently sprung wheels and hydraulic shock absorbers that could be adjusted from the dashboard of the car. Due to the gearbox being positioned in front of the engine, but behind the front axle, the bonnet was particularly long giving the car a sleek and streamlined look. The first Trumpfs were powered by four-cylinder 1.5 liter engines, but in 1933 a  1.7 was available with an increase in horsepower to 38 Bhp. Built at the main Adler plant in Frankfurt some 103,000 cars were produced between 1932 and 1941 but they were also created under license by Imperia in Belgium and Rosengart in France.

    This extremely fine 1.7 ltr  ‘EV’ chassis Trumpf comes to us from a private Italian collection but was originally registered and restored in Switzerland. A genuine Karmann cabriolet it was comprehensively restored about 10 years ago after which it only had summer use. Accompanying the car is a very comprehensive and detailed record of the restoration was has been carried out to a very high standard, the cost of this work far out matched the value of the car. It was completely disassembled and the chassis taken back to bare metal. All mechanical parts have been rebuilt or replaced. The interior has been beautifully re-trimmed including a new double lined  hood and the car has been fitted with very rare new old stock instruments and all the brightwork has been re-chromed. Of all the 1700cc EV models only 720 Karmann Cabriolets were produced and only a handful are known to have survived, this could well be the finest of these in existence.

    Having had the Swiss taxes paid the car is ready to be re-registered and has had a recent full check over by a restoration specialist at a workshop outside Rome where the car is currently located, interested parties should contact us to arrange a viewing in Italy.