The 1934 Stoewer Greif, meaning "Griffon" in English, stands as a testament to German automotive ingenuity of the 1930s. Designed by Bernhard Stoewer, the Greif boasts an innovative aluminum V8 engine block and heads, making it a standout in its era. The front-wheel-drive configuration, a rarity at the time, enhances its performance on the road, powered by a 2488cc V8 light-alloy engine.
This four-door marvel, with no central pillar, exudes elegance and sophistication. Only four Greifs have survived the test of time, and this particular specimen distinguishes itself as the sole survivor featuring the prized aluminum engine. Carefully restored in Germany, this automobile showcases impeccable attention to detail, rivaling even the esteemed Rolls Royce offerings of its era.
Stoewer, a prominent player in the German automotive landscape, was one of four companies pioneering front-wheel drive cars during the 1930s. Operating in Stettin, Germany (now Szczesin, Poland), the Stoewer car company was founded by the visionary brothers Emil and Bernhard Stoewer in 1896. Originally manufacturers of sewing machines, they transitioned to automobiles in 1899, introducing their first vehicle, the Grosser Motorwagen.
Throughout its history, Stoewer continued to innovate, introducing successful models like the Stoewer G4 in 1908 and diversifying with the D-Type line in the mid-1920s. The 1930s saw the introduction of noteworthy models like the G15 Gigant, M12 Marschall, and P20 Reprasentant. In 1931, Stoewer embraced the future with the V5, a pioneering front-wheel-drive car featuring a powerful twenty-five horsepower engine. Today, the Stoewer Greif stands as a rare and cherished relic, showcasing the brand's commitment to craftsmanship and innovation.