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Apal is a small-scale automobile company originally from Belgium. It is now based in Germany.
Phase 1 -APAL - s.à.r.l. Application Polyester Armé de Liège (1961–1998)
Glass-fibre specialist Edmond Pery founded this small automobile manufacturing company in Blegny-Trembleur (Liège), Belgium in 1961. Pery presented his first model, a GT coupé with gull-wing doors, propelled by Volkswagen or Porsche engines at the Brussels Autosalon (or Salon auto de Bruxelles) in 1962.
In 1965, Apal started producing a Formule V single-seater.
Between 1968 and 1973, about 5,000 glass-fibre bodies were produced for different buggy models such as Apal Buggy, Apal Rancho, Apal Jet, Apal Avvi, and the Apal Corsa (with gull-wing doors). The Apal Horizon GT was a mid-engined sports car and was made in a limited number in 1968 and 1969.
The Apal 1200 Saloon was an attractive car based on Volkswagen beetle floorplan. It had a thrust-forward nose with a divided front bumper and a well-sloped curved one-piece windshield. The rear-mounted engine was air-cooled, with cooling air exhausting through a grille in the rounded tail, which also sported a divided rear bumper.
Specifications of 1966 Model Apal 1200 Saloon
Engine: four-cylinder air-cooled VW, 1,192 cc, 7.0 compression ratio, rated at 40 PS
Maximum speed: 80 mph (129 km/h)
Overall length: 13.942 ft (4.249 m)
Overall width: 5.317 ft (1.621 m)
Height: 4.100 ft (1.250 m)
Turning circle: 36.0 ft (11 m)
Wheelbase: 7.875 ft (2.400 m)
Front track: 4.283 ft (1.306 m)
Rear track: 4.225 ft (1.288 m)
Fuel tank capacity: 8.8 imperial gallons
Empty weight: 1496 lb (679 kg)
The company's last model, named the Apal Sport One, based on the Pontiac Fiero, appeared in 1992.
Edmond Pery also designed an all-road prototype for DAF in 1974 and another prototype for Volkswagen in 1992. The small firm produced and sold all models in limited numbers.
Phase 2 - Apal Gmbh, Germany (1998- to date)
The original Belgian company closed in 1998. Apal Gmbh, a German company of Ostercappeln, bought all the spare parts and restarted production of the Apal Speedster.
As of 2006 the company has stopped production of ready-built cars and now only sells kits and spare parts.
As of 2017, Apal Automobiles brand is the exclusive propriety of Belgian businessman Charles-Antoine Masquelin.
- L. A. Manwaring, The Observer's Book of Automobiles (12th ed. 1966), Library of Congress catalog card 62-9807, p. 39