Page 7. Tempo 3-Wheel Vans & Pick-ups

The Tempo has been my favourite three-wheeler commercial for a long time. I particularly like this model, the Tempo Kombi.

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Tempos helped Germany get back on its feet after the war. When manufacture finished in Germany in the late 1950′s, it shifted to India.

Just as the Morris Oxford was the ancestor of the Hindustan Ambassador, Fiat became the Premier and the Bajaj Autorickshaw grew from the Piaggio, Tempo was the work-horse of India for decades.

The word ‘tempo’ has become a generic term in India for three-wheeled commercials.

Old Tempos are still used in certain parts of India, and they are still manufactured. One company imports new ones to Germany (painted red) and sells them kitted out as commercial catering vans.

I took this photo of a tempo outside Sheesh Mahal Palace in 1994

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1954 Goliath

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1941 Tempo

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Published on May 28, 2007 at 11:35 am  Leave a Comment  

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