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Champion 400
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Champion 400. 1951–4 (prod. 4,000 approx.). 2-door cabriolet. R/R, 396, 398 cm³ (I2 2-str.). Champion presents a more substantial car, with better construction and suspension, though it remained an uncomfortable proposition. Heavier (now 520 kg), and 14 PS from JLO two-stroke engine, double what was quoted for its predecessor. Far more expensive as well, with price coming close to the Volkswagen Typ 1 (1945–53). Original manufacturing at Paderborn; Champion collapsed when production shifted to Hennhöfer at Ludwigshafen. Hennhöfer persisted, adopting a 16 PS Heinkel unit, and the model name became 400 H. Hennhöfer collapsed in 1953. Henning Thorndahl kept production going till 1954, when the operations were acquired by Maico.

Manufacturing locations: Paderborn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany; Ludwigshafen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

Marque: Champion | Predecessor: Champion 250 | Successor: Maico MC 400


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