Westrand Car Show - 1948 Fend Flitzer 101

Fend Flitzer

A GERMAN INVALID CARRIER BUILT AFTER WWII

Fritz Fend was a former aeronautical engineer and technical officer in the Luftwaffe. In 1948 he built a tricycle invalid carriage in his workshop in Rosenheim, Germany.

It had a front wheel that was steered by handlebars and manually powered by a mechanism actuated by pushing back and forth on the handlebars. It had two rear wheels. The second version was offered with a 38 cc (2.3 cu in) Victoria two-stroke engine normally used for motorizing bicycles.

Fend then designed the Flitzer, a larger, properly enclosed invalid carriage. It was designed to be powered by a petrol engine. The Flitzer had a pair of front wheels linked to the steering mechanism and a powered fixed rear wheel

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The first Model was the Flitzer 101 and was made with aluminium panels over a steel frame. The cabin was hinged at the front and tilted forward for the operator to gain access. From 1948 to 1950 the 101 had a 98 cc Fichtel & Sachs two-stroke engine. In 1950 the engine was changed to a 100 cc Riedel/Imme engine. Fend also produced a Roadster in this time.

In the top left hand image you can clearly see how the driver gained access. The entire hood, windows and windscreen component tipped forward on hinges to allow access. The diagonal line down the side of the vehicle is an indication of how deep the hinged component is.

Two other notable features on both the car and the roadster are the single headlamps and the ventilation holes for the air cooled rear mounted engine.

About 250 Flitzers had been built when production stopped in 1951. Many of these invalid carriages had been bought by able-bodied individuals seeking basic personal transport. This led to Fend negotiating a contract with Messerschmitt to mass produce a small personal transporter which Fend designed. It was known as the Messerschmitt KR175.

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 

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Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

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IMAGE ATTRIBUTION
Featured Image
1948 Fend Flitzer 101 – Buch-t [CC BY-SA 3.0 de]
1948 Fend Flitzer 101 – Buch-t [CC BY-SA 3.0 de]
1950 Fend Flitzer Roadster – Buch-t [CC BY-SA 3.0 de]
1950 Fend Flitzer Roadster – Buch-t [CC BY-SA 3.0 de]

You can see more detailed information on the Fend Marque here.