Feb 14, 2020

B.F.A. ( Bolle Fiedler ) Germany


The BOLLE and FIEDLER Automobilbau  G.m.b.H from Germany is unknown to most prewar-car enthusiasts..
In the Beaulieu Encyclopedia you´ll find just three lines  about the company´s history, even under an incorrect name.  B.F.  instead of B.F.A. - and no picture is shown. The same applies to Nick Georgano´s "Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars".
The 2019 edition of Werner Oswalds´s standard reference "Deutsche Autos 1920 - 1945" at least provides a photo and some basic information. On the internet - believed by many to be omniscient - alomost nothing is available on B.F.A. .
So, when I found an emblem with the three letters B.F.A.,  I couldn´t be sure that it once belonged to a same-named  car.
Several years  later, however, I happened to come across a dozen of contemporary pictures showing B.F.A. motorcars which enabled me to outline the history of this obscure yet fascinating car manufacturer.

ultra rare B.F.A. radiator emblem
Size 5.0 cm
Year1922 - 1925

Estimate



The following photo shows the B.F.A. "factory" with  4 mechanics and the two owners Mr. Bolle and Mr. Fiedler. On the sign above the left door it says: " B.F. Automobilbau G.m.b.H " in the last line.

Factory in Berlin - Charlottenburg,  Morsestr. 18.

Shortly after its formation, the BOLLE - FIEDLER company built  a race car which participated in the famous AVUS race in Berlin in 1923. Here it can be seen waiting at the starting line.
B.F.A. at the starting line on the occasion of the 1923 AVUS race


The next photo shows the start of the AVUS race in  autumn 1923.  The car on  the far  left is  an
OMIKRON  race car and the  second from the right is  the B.F.A. racer:


 B.F.A. employed a self-designed  3-cylinder two stroke engine. The lettering B.F.A. is clearly visible on the engine block !

The next photo shows a B.F.A. race car at full speed on the occasion of the 1924 AVUS race:



The last picture is a particulary important document, since it shows the only B.F.A. car ever made for use  on ordinary roads:

This one-off was registered in Berlin in 1923

In the enlarged section, the unique radiator emblem is clearly visible. Als see the following photomontage:


Last but not least, there is another photo showing the dashing lines of this unique two-seater cabriolet:


Only four  cars were built. Here you see number 4.


Three race cars and one car for use on ordinairy roads- that comes to a total production of just 4 cars. As the B.F.A.  emblem from my collection is clearly a vintage piece and shows traces of solder it is highly likely  that it once adorned the radiator of one of  these 4 cars !

Emblem made by A.STÜBBE / BERLIN

B.F.A. was a short-lived company like many others in the 1920s: the "factory" in the photo below was in use only from autumn 1922 till autumn 1925.


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1 comment:

  1. Unbelievable! I once tried to find any useful information too, but not successful. You have to dig really deep to find unpublished material like this. Still cannot believe to see the emblem on the photos. Very stunning.

    Automotive archaeology at its best!
    Automotive archaeology at its best!

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