Four-seater, mid-engined, sequential gearbox, what’s not to like? Short descriptions can be deceiving, but if you’re interested in an unusual and very versatile car, then the 1958 Zündapp Janus 250 may be for you.
Once again, a trip to the Lane Motor Museum (www.lanemotormuseum.org) in Nashville resulted in a car that had to be experienced. The Zündapp Janus is an interesting solution to moving four people cheaply and providing interior flexibility not seen in many, if any, other automobiles. Zündapp is not known for automobiles, although there were some notable exceptions. It is best known for its motorcycles—some of which were just beautiful—and scooters.