Specific: First demonstration
of the Tempo took place in November 1936. The evaluation
turned out fine, and a single car was purchased in
December 1936 for further trials. The units conducting
the trials didn't agree in the first test results.
After a traffic accident the car was sent to the factory
for a rebuild and some changes. This resulted, after a
new set of trials, in ordering further 4 vehicles in
1938. These were further tested and, as a result of these
tests, furthers cars were bought. The shown vehicle is
pulling a 37mm Bofors M1937 anti-tank gun.
In total, 20 cars made their way into service in the
Historical: Designed by Otto Daus for and
produced as a private venture by Vidal & Sohn of
Hamburg as a respond to a Landwehr (army) requirement for a four wheel
drive light utility car. Unusual design with 2 self-contained
power-units/drive train units placed in front and
rear. Each engine separately drove the front and rear independently
suspended axles in much the same way as Tatra used in their trucks.
Each engine had its own gearbox and could be operated together for full
four wheel drive or they could be run independently for either front
wheel or rear wheel drive operation.
Despite the versatility of the
vehicle, the Landwehr were prejudiced against two-stroke engines in both
cars and motorcycles, so it came as little surprise that they showed no
interest in the G1200.
Other users of the G1200 were Finland, Romania and Sweden
(special 6-seater version).
Approx. 1.100 vehicles were produced from 1936 to 1939, mainly for
Length: 4.00 m (188 inches).
Width: 1.60 m (75 inches).
Height: 1.50 m (58 inches).
Weight: 1.760 kg (3.870 lb.).
Engine: 2 ea. 2-cylinder ILO, type WEGR 2/300T, 598
cm3 (254 cubic inches) displacement, carburettor,
Horsepower: 19 ea. at 3.500 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed, type Hermes G6.
Transfer case: None.
Electrical system: 6 volt.
Tyres: 5.00 - 17.
without preparation: 0.6 m (24 inches).
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 59 liter (13 gallons) in 2 tanks.
Range: 500 km (312 miles).
Additional: Top speed was 70 km/h.