unknown car of the day. Goliath GP 700 Sport.

One of the post-war cars developed in Germany, loosely based on a VW Beetle platform (correction): upon further investigation, it seems that the most recent sole survivor was discovered with an older VW chassis transplant, however the original GP 700 Sport was based on an OEM original Borgward chassis design. —–with a LOT of design similarity to the Porsche 356 (also Beetle-based), the Goliath GP 700 Sport was built with lots of aluminium, and sported a mighty 36hp.  The amount of parts that it actually shares with a VW is unclear, as it doesn’t use a rear-engined layout like the Beetle did.  Very few of these cars exist (reportedly 3 are still in existence).   Produced between 1950 and 1953, by Borgward. The car had Bosch Fuel Injection (!), front engined, front wheel drive, and a transversely mounted engine—-all revolutionary at the time and very unique.

Lots of information and photos here:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=406656&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

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56 thoughts on “unknown car of the day. Goliath GP 700 Sport.

  1. LOVE the old pix…fun! 🙂

  2. enjoibeing says:

    wow i never even heard of this car but yet it looks really dope. nice post

  3. Chris says:

    Great pics! They built a lot of these little, rather bizarre cars in the 50s. Other forgotten brands include Goggo, Lloyd, Messerschmitt (yes…), Fuldamobil and so on. Now its only the Smart 😉 Greetings, Chris of Quartettblog (a Blog about Car-Trumpgames for Collectors)

    • Syed says:

      hey chris—just checked out your blog—very cool stuff! i want to find a set of vintage trump cards!

      • Chris says:

        Thank you! One of the trump games on my website is called “Kleinwagen des Westens” (Small Cars of the West), it’s full of Goliath and other 50s-dwarves on wheels! Chris

  4. I love these old ads. Great post and congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  5. Interesting car. Very cool.

  6. Very cool! There is a car that parks in my garage in Chicago (I’m in a highrise) that I’ve never seen or heard of before. It’s emblem says “Bitter” and it looks like an early ’80s Ferrari front engined coupe. Has anyone heard of those? I could take a photo tonight and share.

  7. beckyspringer says:

    Wow, I’m loving the old pictures! It kind of looks like a stretched out VW bug!

  8. CrystalSpins says:

    Man, that’s a rad car. Too bad there aren’t more still around!

    Crystal

  9. From the old photos I would’ve said it IS a Beetle…. well, shows you how much I know about cars….lol!

  10. aflorin8 says:

    Very interesting. As I huge Porsche fan, all I saw was the profile and I was interested, neat find!

    • Syed says:

      ah yeah, definitely some Porsche 356 going on in there, right? at first glance, it looks almost identical to a 356!

  11. modestypress says:

    Cool. How about a blog about the Citroen 2CV. I know compared to the Goliath it’s a common, and boring car, but what the heck, as Abe Lincoln said, “God must have loved the 2CV, he made so many of them.”

    • Syed says:

      the 2CV is a cool car and quite a motoring icon—-however it isn’t much fun to drive! They were known for sluggish performance and were meant to be more for the masses, than for driving enjoyment—-however perhaps there was a more ‘enthusiast’ version i should try to find!

      • eman_modnar@yahoo.com says:

        We owned a 2CV in Los Angeles in the 1960s. Top speed (with a strong wind) was about 50 miles an hour. How cool was that to drive on the Santa Monica Freeway while blocking traffic for miles!

        The seats unbolted and could be removed. As young semi-hippies, we went to hootenannies in the sunlight, took our seat out of the car, and enjoyed the music in the sun.

        When our granddaghter was little, she rode in a car and car seat that would survive a moon landing. Our daughter, when little, rode in one of the flimsiest, least safe cars ever built, and survived. And even today still speaks to us. How cool is that?

  12. modestypress says:

    Also,how about the Studebaker Avanti?

  13. […] out there are now only three in the world, and they were made by Borgward as well. Here’s a most delicious blog which appeared on Freshly Pressed today, and deservedly […]

  14. Nice. Wonder what one of those is worth today?

    Blessings,

    Ava
    xox

  15. Rob says:

    Wonderful.

  16. remiinds me of my dream car, 1969 jaguar XKE. ahhhh
    k☼

  17. Joshua says:

    Would it not be funny if this was the start of the Porsche Company!

  18. […] out there are now only three in the world, and they were made by Borgward as well. Here’s a most delicious blog which appeared on Freshly Pressed today, and deservedly […]

  19. teamjonny7 says:

    volkswagen are some of the remarkable car makers across the globe how come this one remained out of lime light. Excellent post with some remarkable photos.
    Vishal Sharma

  20. umtkr says:

    great machine..that smells and seems like old days..but there is a suprise part what was used in that..BOSCH FUEL INJECTION..What a terrific..

  21. whatsaysyou says:

    That is a cool car

  22. cctv says:

    Great pics!

  23. […] unknown car of the day. Goliath GP 700 Sport. (via IEDEI) Posted on April 21, 2011 by thespiritportal One of the post-war cars developed in Germany, loosely based on a VW Beetle platform (correction): upon further investigation, it seems that the most recent sole survivor was discovered with an older VW chassis transplant, however the original GP 700 Sport was based on an OEM original Borgward chassis design. —–with a LOT of design similarity to the Porsche 356 (also Beetle-based), the Goliath GP 700 Sport was built with lots of aluminium, and … Read More […]

  24. frizztext says:

    Germany, well that’s a long time ago …

  25. Can you plz tell me more about the same?

  26. Слава says:

    И что она еще на ходу что ли?

  27. JT says:

    Dampf-Kraft-Wagen also known as DKW in several countries (1928 – 1966)

  28. […] unknown car of the day. Goliath GP 700 Sport. (via IEDEI) Posted on April 21, 2011 by thespiritportal One of the post-war cars developed in Germany, loosely based on a VW Beetle platform (correction): upon further investigation, it seems that the most recent sole survivor was discovered with an older VW chassis transplant, however the original GP 700 Sport was based on an OEM original Borgward chassis design. —–with a LOT of design similarity to the Porsche 356 (also Beetle-based), the Goliath GP 700 Sport was built with lots of aluminium, and … Read More […]

  29. great machine..that smells and seems like old days..but there is a suprise part what was used in that..BOSCH FUEL INJECTION..What a terrific..

  30. wolfflight says:

    Loved the post. I appreciate great little European cars. I drove a 74 Capri and a 76 Capri for a while (had the 76 first) and most people around where I live have no idea what I am even talking about… they think I am talking about the Mercury Capri that was a Mustang knockoff in the 80s.

    The 76 Capri Mk II was a fantastic car. My dad also had a 1974 Opel GT. Great little car with headlights that we used to call frog-eyes. The cars of today don’t seem to have the character those great old cars did.

  31. […] unknown car of the day. Goliath GP 700 Sport. (via IEDEI) Posted on 23 April, 2011 by Jarle Petterson One of the post-war cars developed in Germany, loosely based on a VW Beetle platform (correction): upon further investigation, it seems that the most recent sole survivor was discovered with an older VW chassis transplant, however the original GP 700 Sport was based on an OEM original Borgward chassis design. —–with a LOT of design similarity to the Porsche 356 (also Beetle-based), the Goliath GP 700 Sport was built with lots of aluminium, and … Read More […]

  32. kitsatwork says:

    Classic! Now I can’t stop googling for photos of vintage cars

  33. unknown car of the day. Goliath GP 700 Sport. (via IEDEI) Posted on April 21, 2011 by thespiritportal One of the post-war cars developed in Germany, loosely based on a VW Beetle platform (correction): upon further investigation, it seems that the most recent sole survivor was discovered with an older VW chassis transplant, however the original GP 700 Sport was based on an OEM original Borgward chassis design. —–with a LOT of design similarity to the Porsche 356 (also Beetle-based), the Goliath GP 700 Sport was built with lots of aluminium, and … Read More

  34. Very cool! There is a car that parks in my garage in Chicago (I’m in a highrise) that I’ve never seen or heard of before. It’s emblem says “Bitter” and it looks like an early ’80s Ferrari front engined coupe. Has anyone heard of those? I could take a photo tonight and share.

  35. PDI Fashion says:

    Spiritual Communication !

  36. unknown car of the day. Goliath GP 700 Sport. (via IEDEI) Posted on April 21, 2011 by thespiritportal One of the post-war cars developed in Germany, loosely based on a VW Beetle platform (correction): upon further investigation, it seems that the most recent sole survivor was discovered with an older VW chassis transplant, however the original GP 700 Sport was based on an OEM original Borgward chassis design. —–with a LOT of design similarity to the Porsche 356 (also Beetle-based), the Goliath GP 700 Sport was built with lots of aluminium, and … Read More

  37. Thanks for sharing content to read.I’m happy to read it.

  38. Слава says:

    привет что изменилось, или как там

  39. rik othin says:

    The seats unbolted and could be removed. As young semi-hippies, we went to hootenannies in the sunlight, took our seat out of the car, and enjoyed the music in the sun.

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