#04002 Mercedes-Benz 200 Jaray (germany, 1934)

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Deutsch

Im Gewand der Zeit

Der 1899 in Wien geborene Paul Jaray war einer der maßgebenden Wegbereiter in der Gestaltung von aerodynamischen Kraftfahrzeugen.

 

Bereits in den 1920er Jahren erhielt er ein Patent auf eine aerodynamisch ausgeführte Karosserieform. Kernpunkt von Jarays Stromliniengedanken war stets die Suche nach einer Form, die aerodynamisch so perfektioniert war, dass es keinerlei Verwirbelungen durch Unterbrechungen in der Karosserie gab. Selbst der Unterboden des Autos sollte nach seinen Vorstellungen als eine plane und zur Straße exakt parallel verlaufende Fläche ausgeführt sein. Paul Jaray experimentierte viel und realisierte seine Blechkleider auf diversen Fahrgestellen namhafter Automobilhersteller.

 

Für seine Karosserieausführungen nahm sich in der ersten Hälfte der 1930er Jahre auch dem Mercedes-Benz 200 an. Er formte eine Karosserie um das Fahrgestell, als Rechtslenkerversion, und ließ seinen Entwurf bei dem schweizer Karosseriespezialisten Huber & Brühwiler aus Metall fertigen. Der Öffentlichkeit wurde dieses Unikat auf dem Genfer Salon im Jahre 1934 erstmals gezeigt, wobei viele Besucher für die neue Form begeisternde Worte fanden, allerdings fand sich kein Hersteller bereit, sein Form in Serie zu fertigen. Um jedoch weiterhin zahlungskräftige Kunden für eine mögliche Fertigung zu überzeugen, startete Jaray mit seinem Unikat zu einer großen Werbetour durch Europa. Aufträge flossen aber auch aus dieser Werbefahrt nicht in sein Büro.

 

Der einzigartige Mercedes-Benz 200 überlebte die Kriegswirren unbeschadet. Erst zum Ende der 1940er Jahre kam das Aus für den schwäbischen Umbau aufgrund eines kapitalen Motorschadens.

English

Apparel of Time

Paul Jaray, who was born in Vienna in 1899, was one of the significant pioneers of design for aerodynamics for vehicles.

 

As early as the 1920s, he registered a patent for an aerodynamically performed body shape. The central point of Jarays´ streamline idea was always the search for a shape, which would be so aerodynamically perfect that absolutely no turbulences by interruptions in the car body were possible. According to his wishes, the underbody of the vehicle should also be like a cover which is executed as an exactly parallel-running area of the street. Paul Jaray made a lot of experiments and was realizing his own car bodies on many chassis of well-known car manufacturers.

 

In the first half of the 1930s, he was also taking care of the body work for the Mercedes-Benz 200. He formed a car body around the chassis, as a right-hand drive version, and his design was manufactured of metal by the Swiss car body specialist Huber & Brühwiler. In 1934, this unique model was presented to the public on the Geneva Salon for the first time. A lot of visitors were very inspired, however no manufacturer was found to go into production with its shape. Jaray was not discouraged and started a big advertising tour across Europe, with his unique car, to convince potential customers to consider production. However, his office did not receive orders after his advertising tour.

 

The unique Mercedes-Benz 200 survived the chaos of war in undamaged condition and before the end of the 1940 the definitive end was coming for the Swabian reconstructed vehicle because its engine was completely damaged.

Italiano

La Moda giusta al momento giusto

Paul Jaray nacque a Vienna nel 1899 e fu uno dei pionieri più significativi nel design dei veicoli aerodinamici

 

Per alcuni anni fu impiegato presso l'azienda tedesca Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH famosa per i suoi dirigibili e proprio questa esperienza  servì al giovane Paul Jaray per capire l'importanza dell'aerodinamica nel settore dei trasporti. Sarà proprio l'aerodinamica l'obiettivo principale nelle sue future progettazioni. Paul Jaray fece molti esperimenti e realizzò le sue carrozzerie sui telai di molti noti produttori automobilistici

 

Nella prima metà degli anni '30, si occupò inoltre della carrozzeria della Mercedes-Benz 200 e il suo design fu realizzato in metallo dallo specialista svizzero Huber & Brühwiler. Nel 1934 il modello fu presentato per la prima volta al pubblico al Salone di Ginevra. Molto visitatori rimasero ispirati ma in ogni caso nessuna azienda fu interessata alla produzione con questa tipologia di forma aerodinamica. Jaray non si scoraggiò e iniziò un lungo tour pubblicitario in tutta Europa con la sua auto, unica nel suo genere, in modo da convincere potenziali clienti a considerare la produzione. L'ufficio però non ricevette ordini in seguito e nel 1937 l'azienda chiuse i battenti.

 

Il modello Mercedes-Benz 200 sopravvisse al caos della guerra in condizioni integre ma nel  1940 vide la fine in quanto il motore fu completamente danneggiato.

 

Paul Jaray è considerato ancora oggi uno dei fondatori del design aerodinamico    



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