This history article is about a German manufacturer from the 1940s who like several surviving manufacturers used a Latin word for their name. Veritas means “Truth” in Latin. The company was not related to another German company with the same name who made tyres for a while and specialises in machine components - and who still exist today. The first incarnation of the Veritas automobile company was founded in 1947 by ex-BMW staff, notably Ernst Loof who worked in the pre-war racing division and who was chief of styling for the team, Lorenz Dietrich an ex-BMW director and motorcycle racer, and Georg Meier who had raced in Grand Prix for Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union. They started by buying old BMW 328s that had been wrecked and cobbling together new cars with some styling changes. Their first client was Karl Kling who raced a streamlined BMW-Veritas to become the 1947 German 2-Litre Champion. In fact Kling's car was an oddity in that he couldn’t afford to buy the car, so as a … [Read More...]
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