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 Post subject: Spohn Die Valkyrie
PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:55 pm 
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This prototype/concept/dream car was designed not only to be a showcar in the US but also to be a prize winner at various shows. It not only won at the Paris Auto Show, but also took a major trophy at the US auto show at Madison Square Garden. The October 1989 issue of Collectible Automobile reported that in 1952 a Cleveland real estate baron named Metzenbaum wanted a modern car with the spirit of the great early Forties Lincoln Continental and the power of Cadillac's brilliant overhead-valve V-8, first offered for 1949. Famed Milwaukee-based industrial designer Brooks Stevens did the rest. The result was called Die Valkyrie, after Brunhilde and the other mythical "sisters of the wind" immortalized in Wagnerian opera. Per Metzenbaum's wishes, Stevens began with the 125-inch-wheelbase chassis and 331-cubic-inch V-8 of the contemporary Cadillac Series Sixty-Two. Leaving both pretty much alone, he replaced the stock body with a striking four-seat steel convertible shell bearing rakish long-hood/short-deck proportions and both a solid removable roof panel and a skimpy "rag top." The last, Stevens recalled, was only for "getting you home if it started to rain." Die Valkyrie's most radical aspect by far was its huge, sharply vee'd combination bumper/grille, deliberately chosen to emphasize what was under the hood. One wag snidely termed it a "snowplow" (Stevens chuckled at that description), but at least it was different. Small parking lamps were set into the V's wide outriggers, which bisected the headlamps before wrapping around to continue as side moldings. Several elements make Die Valkyrie look a lot newer now than it actually is. Recessed cowled headlamps and a flat hood nearly level with the front fenders forecast Big Three styling by at least three years. In the Sixties, Cadillac itself would adopt taillights much like Die Valkyrie's compact, vertically vee'd units. This was also Steven's first use of the "Washington Coach" door line with it's distinctive upward sweep that not only concealed long door openings (for easier back-seat access) but made a natural two-tone color break-highlighted in the starkest possible way with white forward and black rearward. Fan-motif inner door panels were equally distinctive. The dash was stock 1953 Cadillac. To build Die Valkyrie, Stevens enlisted the Sophn works of Ravensburg, West Germany, mainly for its meticulous craftsmanship. Metzenbaum made noises about backing up 100 copies and the car did cause a minor stir at the 1953 Paris Auto Show, but just six Die Valkyries would ever be built. Stevens believed only three came to the U.S. The number 2 Die Valkyrie was once driven by Mrs. Stevens. It is at the Brooks Stevens Museum in suburban Mequon, Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee." (source: Marc, Samskag@aol.com).


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 Post subject: Re: Spohn Die Valkyrie
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:21 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Spohn Die Valkyrie
PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:14 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:50 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Spohn Die Valkyrie
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Period picture taken during shipping.


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 Post subject: Re: Spohn Die Valkyrie
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:11 pm 
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As seen on the 1953 Paris Motor show.


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 Post subject: Re: Spohn Die Valkyrie
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 Post subject: Re: Spohn Die Valkyrie
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design sketch by Brooks Stevens


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 Post subject: Re: Spohn Die Valkyrie
PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:47 pm 
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Die Valkyrie is up for sale:
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