The Futuristic 1957 Jurisch Motoplan

1957 Jurisch Motoplan: A Visionary’s Creation


Carl Jurisch envisioned the future of transportation.

As the popularity of motorcycling in Europe began to ebb in the mid-1950s, Carl Jurisch, a young talented German engineer, envisioned the future of transportation in the form of a personal single-seat vehicle.

He ingeniously designed and constructed his compact car starting with a Steib S250 sidecar. The sidecar was reversed, split, and expanded to form the body.

He then appropriated the windshield and front suspension from a Messerschmitt Bubble Car, while powering the vehicle with a 173 cc 10 horsepower four-speed motor, topping out at 88 km/h. The wheels measured eight inches.

The vehicle featured a unique steering system with U-shaped handlebars pivoting under the seat, maintaining precise control. The canopy, tail, seat and fuel tank were all designed to pivot upwards for easy access.

Jurisch attempted to introduce his miniature car to the New York City market during the peak of the mega tail-fin era. His rural village perspective made him greatly misjudge the market.

The original prototype ended up forgotten in a Florida dealership until it was purchased by Vic Hyde and transported to Canada for restoration in 1994.

Jurisch went on to build at least two more similar prototypes, giving us a fascinating piece of automotive history.

This is my 3D recreation of Carl Jurisch’s vision with a smattering of artistic licence.

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