Karajan Other Activities

Motorcycles and Cars

Herbert von Karajan was introduced to motorcycles by Bernhard Paumgartner who was a motorbike addict. In about 1929 Karajan owned a Harley Davidson and in 1968 as a 60th birthday present he was given a 250cc Yamaha as seen in the photograph below right.

He bought his first car in Aachen in 1934 and by 1938 he had a brand new BMW sports car which he raced in private motor rallies. He had a passion for fast cars and in 1966 owned a Ferrari although his name will always be mainly associated with Porsche. Other cars in his ownership over the years included an Austin A90 Atlantic, a Rolls Royce, a Mini, a Mercedes 500 SEL, a Volkswagen Scirocco and a Renault GT Turbo.
1954 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

1959 Porsche RSK Spyder

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB (colour: blue)

1966 Rolls Royce

1968 Ford GT40 Mk3

1968 Mini Cooper Mark 2

1969 Porsche 908/2 Spyder Flunder

Lancia Stratos

1975 Porsche 911 31 Turbo RSR
Note: For more details please click here

1974 Porsche Carrera RS 3.01 once owned by Herbert von Karajan
Note: I have been told that the original colour scheme was blue with orange front and rear bumpers

1981 Audi Quattro

1987 Porsche 959 B

The photographs in this section are taken from illustrations
in books and films in my collection as well as internet resources.

Note: Please contact me
if you can help with further information
or photographs for this section. Thank you!

[Home]- [Life and Work]- [Collections]- [Wanted]- [Questions]
[Visitor Comments]- [Guest Book]- [Extra Features]
[Links]- [Site Map]