Hanomag 2/10 PS

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Hanomag 2/10 PS "Kommissbrot"[1]
Hanomag Kommissbrot Autostadt.jpg
Body and chassis
Body stylecoupe, roadster
LayoutRMR layout
Engine503 cc OHV single-cylinder engine, water-cooled.
TransmissionManual, 3-speed
Wheelbase1920 mm
Length2780 mm
Width1180 mm
Height1600 mm
Kerb weight370 kg (816 lb)
SuccessorHanomag 3/16 PS

The Hanomag 2/10 PS was an economy car manufactured by Hanomag from 1924 to 1928.[2][3] It was one of the first cars with envelope styling.[3] It was affectionately referred to as the "Kommissbrot" or "Loaf of Rye Bread" due to its small squarish shape.

Drivetrain and radiator of a 2/10 PS

The 2/10 PS (two taxable / ten brake horsepower) had a single-cylinder half litre engine at the rear. The rear axle was chain-driven, with no differential.[3] With a fuel consumption of 4.0 litres per 100 kilometres (71 mpg‑imp; 59 mpg‑US) it was the world's most fuel efficient mass-production car between the two World Wars due to the low-friction one-cylinder engine and its very light weight.[4]

The fenders, or wings, of the 2/10 PS were integrated into the bodywork of the car, allowing the passenger space to be wider than it would have been with the traditional separate fenders and running board.[2] The compact drivetrain allowed the floor to be lower, making it possible to enter the car from the ground without a running board.[citation needed] The rounded appearance of the 2/10 PS, due to the envelope styling, earned it the nickname Kommissbrot after the inexpensive, flat-sided bread used by the military.[2][3]

The 2/10 PS faced competition from the Opel Laubfrosch and the Dixi DA1 variant of the Austin 7 and was replaced in 1928 by the more conventional 3/16 PS model.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Carfolio.com - 1924 Hanomag 2/10 PS Kommisbrot". http://www.carfolio.com/. Archived from the original on 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2013-02-05. External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e "Lane Motor Museum - Hanomag 2-10". http://lanemotormuseum.org/. Archived from the original on 2010-07-24. Retrieved 2011-12-03. External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e Posthumus, Cyril (1977) [1977]. "Into Top Gear". The Story of Veteran & Vintage Cars. John Wood, illustrator. Feltham, Middlesex, UK: Hamlyn. pp. 100&ndash, 101. ISBN 0-600-39155-8.
  4. ^ "80 Jahre Hanomag Kommißbrot : Deutschlands erster Volks-Wagen" (Horst-Dieter Görg, 2005, ISBN 3-933802-13-X)