Amelia Island

9 March 2013

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Lot 183

1960 Lloyd LS600 Kombi Van “Pan American World Airways Transporter”

  • Chassis no. 6121907

Sold for $49,500

596 cu. in. four-stroke two-cylinder engine, four-speed manual column shift, front and rear transverse mounted leaf springs with shock absorbers, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 92.5 in.

  • Featured in the ABC television series Pan Am
  • Carmel Foundation Award winner
  • Includes a host of collectibles and literature

Founded in 1908 and owned by Norddeutsche Lloyd Shipping Lines, Lloyd became the brand name of Norddeutsche Automobile und Motoren GmbH, of Bremen, Germany. By 1950, after decades of successful and prolific production, the Lloyd Motoren Werke began mass-production of several notable models. Competing head-on with Volkswagen and Opel, a Lloyd was a viable, inexpensive, small car. Unfortunately, Lloyd never gained a foothold in the market, and by 1963, the company was bankrupt.

Equipped with a 596-cubic inch, four-stroke, two-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive, the later Lloyd LS600 models could exceed speeds in excess of 53 mph. Given their affordability and utility, they were popular passenger and freight carriers at airports, as well as in other liveried professions. At the airports they would carry first class passengers from one terminal to the next for connecting flights, hence the Pan American World Airlines livery. Notably, this specific car was also used on the ABC hit TV series Pan Am.

This outstanding example received a complete and thorough restoration while in the possession of its current Southern California owner and collector. We are told, and understand that, the Lloyd is in excellent operational condition and operates and drives as one would anticipate. Within the last year, the Lloyd has been successfully shown at events such as The Concours on the Avenue in Carmel, California, where it garnered the prestigious Carmel Foundation Award, and at the Glenmoor Gathering in Canton, Ohio, where it was also received with great pleasure.

Interestingly, it was at the Carmel Concours where several former Pan Am employees approached the current owners and told stories of these Lloyds at New York City's Idlewild International Airport—today, of course, known as John F. Kennedy International Airport. Included with the transporter is a host of collectibles, as well as a thorough collection of original Lloyd literature. The delightful Lloyd also garnered an invitation to be displayed at the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum in San Francisco, California, which has the largest collection of Pan American memorabilia in the world on display.

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