Looks and power
The wooden speedboats from the 1950's are extremely good looking.
[Photo:51985] The Berlin III was built in 1950 from a design by Max Steaves for the racing driver Jurgen Baginski.
This 1950 Berlin III E2 Class Racing Boat confirms it. The beautiful boat was built by Kurt Hersch, a guy responsible for building some of the fastest boats during the Second World War. In 1946, he set up a boatbuilding company.
The hull of this racing boat is made from laminated timber over a rigid cedar framework. The steering wheel is on the left to suit the German drivers. [Photo:51980] Power was provided by a BMW Veritas petrol engine with six cylinders. It had a displacement of 2.0 liters and delivered 100 hp. The engine had triple carburettors and straight exhausts. The hull and motor were extensively restored between 2006-2010 and have been maintained since in exceptional order. [Photo:51986] This boat was listed by auction house Bonhams in 2013 for an estimated price of €180,000 – 260,000.