Horrible Small Cars: Zundapp Janus
20 Juillet 2013 - Carbuzz
Named for a Roman deity, the Janus was an all-around weird car that was only built for just over a year before everyone realized that it wasn't any good.
Seriously, what the hell were they thinking with this car? The design of the Zundapp Janus appeared to have been made by taking two BMW Isettas and sticking them together, but for some reason, facing opposite directions. Fans of microcars have been quick to defend the Janus, saying that it was actually quite an advanced design, and that it was one of the only microcars which could actually seat four adults comfortably. But half of it is still backwards.
It also basically goes without saying that, once in an accident, the Janus provided basically no safety measures whatsoever. The Janus lasted only from 1957 to 1958, but nearly 7,000 units were produced in that time, which is actually fairly impressive, all things considered. But durability was not one of Zundapp's chief concerns with the Janus, and fewer than 100 units are believed to exist today. Their incredible weirdness and rarity has made them valuable collector's items though, so the few remaining owners do at least have that. Safety regulations meant that there would never be another Janus, but even if these had never stepped in, the double-sided car was never really going to catch on anyway.