Lloyd LT 500
The vehicle was complemented and then replaced by the Lloyd LT600 which was built between 1955 and 1961, and which featured a slightly larger four stroke engine.
The LT500 featured a two cylinder two stroke motor of 386 cc, which produced a claimed output of 13 PS (horse power). A road test of the time recorded that fully loaded the six seater minivan had a weight to power ratio of 95 kg per unit of horse power, which accounted for a top speed of 60 km/h (37 mph): elsewhere a top speed - possibly for a less heavily loaded version - of 75 km/h (47 mph) has been quoted. The steering, springing and, in particular, the three speed gear box without synchromesh on any ratio attracted criticism even by the standards of 1953. Interior comfort was also let down by insufficient heating and lack of ventilation possibilities also attracted criticism. The ease with which seats in the minivan could be removed to convert the vehicle to a load carrier impressed the journalists, however.
Sources and further reading
- "Vor 20 Jahren: Test Lloyd LT500 (ie a page of extracts from the same magazine's edition of exactly twenty years earlier". Auto Motor u. Sport. Heft 9 1974: Seite 20. date 27 April 1974.