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Four Times Two

Herr Gotthardt Rimmek, Berlin automobile designer, is shown here with the eight-wheeled passenger car which he designed. He claimed that the car travels over bumps much more smoothly, because the wheels pass over depressions instead of dropping into them. He also stated the obvious that there was much more security in case of axle, tire or wheel trouble.

Is this entire car of his own design?  Or is it a modified passenger car? Note the unique triangular windows on either side of the windshield. Photo dated 1935.

3 responses to “Four Times Two

  1. The car appears to be a modified Adler Diplomat 3G, of the type built in Germany 1934-36:

    although I don’t see another with that style windshield treatment. The eight-wheel configuration, however, was nothing new at the time. Milton Reeves, of Columbus, Indiana, accomplished virtually the same thing with his 1911 Octoauto.

    • Thank you Kit.
      I remember running acrosss a reference to the Octoauto some 50 years ago and had it on my bulliton board for many years. Unfortinately, I lost the story and picture in my last move.

  2. Many of the earliest automotive attempts, starting with Cugnot’s steam tractor of 1769, were tricycle in layout; this layout greatly simplified the vehicle design, especially with regard to steering, but inherent instability in roll led quickly to the dominance of the four wheel/two axle paradigm. However, the limited durability and life of early tires led to some interesting variations. One of the more interesting was the “Octoauto” created by Milton Othello Reeves (1864-1925) of Columbus, Indiana in 1911.

    The chief advantage of the eight wheel/four axle layout was essentially that each tire carried one-half the normal load. At a time when a tire could be expected to last no more than 1,000 miles (1609 km), this was significant. As stated in an advertisement in “The Horseless Age”, tire expense was halved and blowouts practically eliminated, which was the main intent. However, other benefits were noted as well. The vehicle rode smoother, with less shock and vibration, than other more conventional vehicles.

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