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Aug 21, 2014:

TÜV badge after 106 years

Dürkopp veteran car is allowed to drive on public roads again

For decades the „Phaeton“ veteran car from 1908 had only been standing in a workshop or in a show room. In those days the motorcar belonged to the masterpieces of engineering. Wolfram Schulze, a former staff member of Dürkopp Adler, has dedicated himself to the “old treasure” with great passion and succeeded in making the „sun car“ roadworthy again by restoring its technically proper condition  Now it looks exactly like in the good old days when it was presented to the world of mobility. Thanks to the commitment of Mr. Schulze the Dürkopp veteran car drives with a respectable output of 24 hp and a top speed of 75 km/h. The only problem is that the vehicle does not have an indicator light, and which had never been planned. So this is replaced by a signalling disc.
On August 18th, 2014, it finally became official: At the age of 106 the Dürkopp Phaeton got the permission to drive along the streets again after having been successfully tested by the TÜV Nord. The brake of the veteran car works evenly and smoothly. Also all other vital parts of the vehicle are in a sound condition as in its early days.  When looking at this polished and restored classic car the pulse of the TÜV inspector began to accelerate because such an old car is unlikely to be seen on his lifting platform ever again. Also the road traffic authority was convinced by the positive TÜV certificate so that - as a result - a piece of history can roll along the streets of Bielefeld again.
The Report of "Lokalzeit OWL" can be found in the online library of the WDR

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