The product of one of Germany’s ‘bigger automakers’ back in the fifties, the Lloyd is a classic mini car that packs a full-sized punch when it comes to innovation, quality, and design.

The Unique Lloyd Wagen

By: Laure Justice

1955 Lloyd LP 400
1955 Lloyd image by Lothar Spurzem (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0 de (], via Wikimedia Commons

A Brief History of the Lloyd Automobile

The images shown are of a 1955 Lloyd, but the Norddentsche Automobilund Moteren A-G company began producing the Lloyd motor wagen in 1906.

Later, after company mergers, Lloyd Moteren Werke GMBA began sending the first post-war Lloyd wagens off the line.

The Lloyd Engine

1955 Lloyd LP 400 Zweizylinder-Zweitaktmotor
By Lothar Spurzem (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0 de (], via Wikimedia Commons
While early-model Lloyds were available with a two-stroke engine, post-war Lloyd wagens featured the option of a 600 cc engine as well as a synchromesh transmission featuring a tight ‘H-pattern’ column-mounted gearshift.

The lean physical size of the four-stroke parallel twin engine, which was cooled by radial fan, put out 24 horsepower and takes up less than a fourth of the Lloyd wagen’s length, leaving legroom for the car’s occupants.

The Lloyd Interior

1955 Lloyd LP 400 Armaturenbrett
By Lothar Spurzem (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0 de (], via Wikimedia Commons
 The dash of this vintage mini-car features clean, simple lines, with a single behind-the-steering-wheel gauge and only a handful of dashboard dials and knobs.

The upholstery follows through on the classic, minimalist style with two simply-styled bucket seats in front and a bench seat in the back – though in ’59, the Lloyd-Hartnett 600 TS model featured pleated door pockets for an added touch of utility and style.

One early driver of the Lloyd compared its handling to riding a motorcycle, saying it was able to thread in and out of traffic with ease.

1913 Lloyd Tourer Advert
By Alden Jewell (Flickr: 1913 Lloyd Tourer) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
 If you are looking to buy or sell a classic car, such as a Lloyd wagen or any other, feel free to take advantage of the free listings on the Classifieds page.

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