Photo shooting in 1951
The proud owner went on a short drive from Mönchengladbach to Düsseldorf Golzheim and took some pictures of his new Hebmüller convertible Type 14a.
Back in the 1980th Hebmueller enthusiasts in England and in the United States collected information on VW Type 14A and started a first registry. People like Bob Shaill, Steve Wood, Bob Gilmore, later on Yan Rami in England did an excellent job.
Otherwise a lot of the history might have gone. Since quite some years Claus Missing, backed up by Peter Schepens, had published a Hebmüller Registry on his internet website to have people around the globe participating in the informations. This Registry, however, has been a bit like a hidden treasure as it was found under the legend of our famous competitor Karmann. Moreover this registry contained information on the VW Type 14A, resp.18, only.
So, many people connected the name Hebmueller exclusively with the VW – HEBs. As a matter of fact the roaring twenties and the thirties of the last century have been the highest time for coachbuilders in general and especially Karosserie Hebmüller. Exclusive bodies had been built as well as small series on chassis of well-known makes like Horch, Mercedes, Opel, Ford, Buick and Chrysler, but also for almost forgotten makes such as Körting, Hansa, Hanomag, Tornax and numerous others. When Claus told me last year about his plans to up-date and separate the Hebmüller registry, both of us found it a good idea to include all Hebmüller products. So far I had collected photos and information on some 50 non-VW’s, not as professional like Claus, but now contained in the new Hebmueller Registry. Everybody is invited to complete the information, and to keep the registry vigorous. Claus, thank you for your commitment and enthusiasm. You did a really great job!
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Spin the Type 14A image with your mouse. You can open the doors, the deck lids and the roof with the scroll wheel. Many thanks to Ruud de Ruiter for this nice image of his Hebmüller 14-00201!
Normally we check old Hebmüller pictures for details of the car. In this case, we found a detail in the background of a car. A white house which we have seen before. It is Frank Hebmüllers house in Düsseldorf, where we stopped for a coffee break in 2009 at the Hebmüller Karosserie Meeting...unbelievable! The red Type 14a on the pictures belongs to a man who lived in Mönchengladbach. He took the pictures in 1951 when he drove through Düsseldorf. One year later he sold the red Hebmüller to buy a Mercedes Benz. The Hebmüller was build by KARMANN in Osnabrück and was probably scraped.
Save the date!
From the 17th to 18th of August 2019 the family around Klaus Hebmüller will organize the next HEBMÜLLER KAROSSERIE MEETING in Meerbusch.
One highlight is the ride with all Hebmüller Type 14A to the old factory in Wülfrath, like in 2014.
We plan with a new wolrd record between 30 and 40 Type 14A convertibles! The actual world record is 29 cars from 2009 in Hessisch Oldendorf.
Don´t miss it!