Hanomag Tempo Matador E

hanomag-tempo-matador_cWhile going through the newspaper, Captain Haddock and Tintin came across an advertisement for sale of nothing less than aircraft, tanks, submarines etc. The advertisement had been put up by a one JDMC. These initials were there on the wallet of General Alcazar which was the subject of our interest in my last few posts. The duo put two and two together and realised that General Alcazar was here to buy weapons. They decided to confront him at his hotel. The General was seen in the lounge talking to Dawson, an old friend of ours from “The Blur Lotus”, the notorious Police Chief from Shanghai. Tintin decided to follow Dawson. The street scene thereafter show Tintin in a Blue Panhard Dyna following Dawson in a Black Jaguar Mark I. A green van is shown as part of the Traffic.

hanomag-tempo-matador_1This van is a very popular vehicle, the Hanomag Matador E. In India, till date, Tempo is synonymous with a Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV), in fact all associations of LCV operators are called Tempo assciations. The term LCV came to India in late eighties with the arrival of the Japanese quad of Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Mazda introducing their LCVs with local partners DCM, Eicher, Allwyn and Swaraj respectively.  Till 2000, the Matador was manufactured by “Bajaj-Tempo” followed by “Force Motors.” The Matador had become a generic name for a minibus in India. People never hired a mini bus, they always hired a Matador.

hanomag-tempo-matador_5The Tempo company was founded by Oscar Vidal in Hamburg in 1924 as the Vidal and Sohn Tempo-Werke GmbH. This company was famous in Germany for their light commercial vehicles the Matador and the Hanseat. Tempo also produced off road military vehicles in the 1930s and 40s. The Matador was manufactured by Tempo from 1949 to 1967. From 1967 to 1970 it was manufactured by Hanomag. In 1971 it was bought by Daimler Benz AG and was manufactured as a Mercedes till 1977.

hanomag-tempo-matador_4The van depicted in the book “The Red Sea Sharks” is a Matador E which was manufactured from 1963 t0 1966. These vehicles were powered by 1,497 cc inline four cylinder petrol engines from Austin. The E was also offered with a Hanomag Diesel engine.



4 replies

  1. There was a major difference between the VW Transporter and the Matador. The Transporter was a rear engine rear wheel drive vehicle while the Tempo had its engine in the cabin, though a rear wheel drive.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.