1956 Wulff W-6 Sportkreuzer 1.0

An unusual german personal luxury sportscar.

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    The Wulff W-6 (pronounced "weh-sechs"), commonly known as the W-6 (or simply W6) Sportkreuzer, is a sports luxury car produced by then-West German automaker Wulff between 1955 - 1960.

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    History and development
    Some time after World War II, European roadsters and sports cars began to become popular as enthusiast vehicles. Wulff saw the demand, which led to development of a personal luxury sports car in the early 1950's. The end result was the W-6, standing for "Wulff - 6-Cylinder".

    The W-6's body was made of fiberglass, a relatively new material in automotive technology at the time. It was both cheaper and more malleable than aluminium or steel, and it did not rot or otherwise corrode. While the material itself was expensive, there was no tooling needed for pressed steel panels, which mostly negated the high material costs.

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    Production
    Originally slated to begin production in 1953, the W-6 was delayed to sort out issues mostly regarding panels being poorly molded and aligned. This led to a a delay of approximately one year, leading to production beginning in late 1954 - as a 1955 model year. For the first year, the W-6 was only available in one color - Alpinwei├č (Alpine White) with a red leather interior. Wulff initially experienced difficulty painting the fiberglass body, but more colors soon became available, both for the body and interior.

    Initially priced at 16,380 Deutsche Mark, the W-6 was considered very expensive, even by the standards of luxury sports cars at the time. It equated to $3,900 USD, which is approx. $40,700 today. Due to the high price, as well as some unresolved issues in early models, sales figures were very slow. Wulff dealerships were reluctant to place orders for the W-6, though it did garner significant attention from customers, drawing flocks to see it.

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    Discontinuation
    The W-6, intended to be exported to the U.S. in large quantities, never caught the attention it needed to sell such numbers. Its very high price and initially sub-par build quality marred it in the eyes of potential customers. The W-6 also caused a hit to Wulff's reputation, with some asking questions as to how a car with such poor quality control and underlying issues could be paraded as a flagship model. Furthermore, customers were not partial to the jutting front fenders which housed the headlights. Finally, it had by the late 1950's become increasingly outdated, so its production was gradually slowed in 1959, then stopped altogether in mid-1960.

    The W-6 Sportkreuzer has since become a highly prized collector's car, and retains a strong enthusiast community. Due to its low production numbers, examples in good condition have become increasingly rare, and commands high prices for collectors.

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    The Wulff W-6 is an unusual yet iconic member of the prime European sports cars of the 20th century. I hope you enjoy it!

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