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Melkus - RS1000 series

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About Melkus

Melkus was a marque of single seat racing cars and sport cars founded by the race driver Heinz Melkus in Dresden in East Germany. The company existed between 1959 and 1986. The cars used engines from Wartburgs and much of the other parts came from Wartburgs and Trabants. The racing cars competed in Formula III, Formula Junior and Formula E.

The only road going car the company produced was the Melkus RS 1000. It was a sleek sports car powered by a tuned mid-mounted Wartburg 3-cylinder 2-stroke engine. Most of the cars used the 992 cc version, but some of the later cars had the 1200 cc version. It had gullwing doors. 101 cars were made.

The company stopped making cars in 1986, in the early 1990s Heinz Melkus and his family started running a BMW dealership in Dresden.

In December 2006, Melkus engineering - a German company owned by Peter Melkus, announced that it will re-launch the production of Melkus RS 1000 sports car.

Models

  • Melkus JAP Eigenbau (1954)
  • Melkus Formel Junior Baureihe (1959/60)
  • Melkus Formel Junior Baureihe (1961/62)
  • Melkus Formel Junior Baureihe (1963)
  • Melkus Formel 3 Baureihe (1964)
  • Melkus SRG MT 77
  • Melkus PT 73 Spyder
  • Melkus Lada ML89
  • Melkus BMW MB90
  • Melkus Silberpfeil
  • Melkus RS 1000
  • Melkus Zigarre

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2-door
2-seat
S3   1.0L TS M-5
52.2 kW / 70.0 hp / 70.0 hp  118.0 N·m / 87.0 lb·ft / 87.0 lb·ft
   

Melkus RS1000 (1969)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 3-cylinder 0-valve straight (inline) engine, two stroke, 993 cm3 / 60.6 cu in / 60.6 cu in, 52.2 kW / 70.0 hp / 70.0 hp @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, 118.0 N·m / 87.0 lb·ft / 87.0 lb·ft @ 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 165 km/h / 103 mph / 103 mph top speed

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