Henschel was a German car manufacturer in Frankfurt, founded in 1810. It produced a series of innovative cars until its demise in the middle of the 20th century.
Henschel was one of the first automobile manufacturers to create a car motor with overhead valves and featured a five-cylinder engine in 1903. This was considered a groundbreaking development at the time.
Henschel released the first four-wheel drive car in 1908, called the H4, which featured a seven-cylinder engine.
The company began to specialize in developing luxury vehicles in 1909.
Henschel started experimenting with diesel-powered engines in the 1930s, which were later used during World War II.
In 1931, it produced the famous Type 93 car, which featured a more powerful engine than previous models.
During the interwar, the brand focused its production efforts on trucks and buses.
It ventured into the production of streetcars in the 1940s and helped develop the Frankfurt U-Bahn network.
Henschel was purchased by the Madrid-based company ENASA in the 1950s, leading to a state-wide business partnership.
It introduced the F 200 model in the 1960s, the fastest car in Germany.
After ceasing production in the late 1960s, Henschel cars remain popular amongst vintage car enthusiasts around the world.