THE 1931-1934 GOLIATH PIONEER: GERMANY’S DEPRESSION ERA TRANSPORTATION

As The Great Depression had worldwide coattails, the declined state of the 1930’s German economy led to a small market niche for cheap low cost automobiles such as the Goliath Pioneer. Designed by Carl Borgward, who also was responsible for his line of Borgward automobiles as well, The Goliath Pioneer fit into a class of cheap three wheeled vehicles that could not only be driven without a driver’s license in Germany, but were not subject to a tax that applied to four wheel cars. Mated to a three speed manual gearbox was a small single cylinder two strike engine with either just 198cc or 247cc sizes. The little three wheel cars were sold in several body styles, but only 4,000 were produced in total. Goliath_Pioneer_Roadster_1931_(Borgward Group)goliathpioneergoliath pioneer

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