Melkus was a German niche automaker specializing in single seat racing cars and sport cars. The company was founded by race driver Heinz Melkus in Dresden in East Germany and ran from 1959 to 1986. Their first and only vehicle was a road going car called the RS1000. In December 2006, Melkus engineering - a German company owned by Peter Melkus, son of Heinz Melkus announced that it would resume production of the RS100, as well as begin production of new models. The RS2000 came out shortly after that and new versions called the RS2000 GT and GTS followed.