This vehicle represents the resumption of passenger-car production after the Second World War. This DKW estate car is unusual in many respects.
Its visible wooden structure behind the anecdote attributed to an American couple touring Germany in the early s, the idea of the timber-bodied estate car actually originated in the USA. This type of car, known as the "woody", had been around there since the s and was particularly popular with farmers. In Germany, this practical multi-purpose vehicle was especially popular with tradesmen and small businesses because of its large load area.
The war-damaged production halls there were a hive of activity, all focused on the resumption of production. The only thing missing from the production range was a passenger car. When the DKW F 89 P Meisterklasse was unveiled to journalists in Mayit was greeted as a sheer sensation: in many respects, it was an "old friend". The technology of the new DKW passenger car, with front-wheel drive and two-cylinder, two-stroke engine, was based on the pre-war F 8 model; its body adopted the key traits of the F 9 streamlined prototypes from The moniker "Meisterklasse" was likewise intended to evoke the successful pre-war models.
Of the 4, specimens originally built, only a handful have survived. This sporty DKW came onto the market in and set five world records in the class up to 1, cc in the very same year at the Mille Miglia.
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DKW F9 - the F9 had a state-of-the-art streamline body. The Second War prevented its production. It never went into production.
The DKW cars were successfull in the s rallye championships. The Auto Union deliberated over series production, but rejected the idea for reasons of cost. New design - the DKW F12 was a modern small car. DKW F; three-cylinder two-stroke engine; cc, 60 bhp. Swan song - the F was the last DKW. It also marked the end of the two-stroke era. DKW Junior; Three-cylinder two-stroke engine; cc, 34 bhp.
It also marked the end of the two-stroke era DKW Junior; Three-cylinder two-stroke engine; cc, 34 bhp.The car was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in March and sold until In a market segment increasingly dominated by the Volkswagen Beetlethe Auto Union contender also boasted class leading interior space, especially after the arrival of the four-door version, which featured a modestly extended wheelbase.
DKW was one of four companies that had come together in to form the Auto Union based in Zwickau. The company was effectively refounded in West Germany infollowing the loss to the Soviets of its Zwickau assets. It was perhaps in recognition that any perceived marketing advantages available from the unconventional namings had been exhausted, that from the car was sold simply as the DKWthe name being now conventionally based on the car's approximate engine displacement.
The successor modelalready in production inalso benefited from this less challenging nomenclature. The F91 was presented as a two-door saloon with front opening doors which presumably facilitated access. Modifications came progressively. Advertising highlighted such features as a fuel gauge and an interior light that could be set to come on automatically when the door was opened.
This shared the centimetre The track was also increased by 10 centimetres 3. In place of horizontal metal slats, the new model featured an oval shaped front grill containing five horizontal metal coloured slats. The oval grill was modified again in when the slats were replaced by a chrome coloured grid design. Inside there were improvements to the instrumentation and the heating. Inwith the introduction of the F94 version of the car, a four-door version finally became available.
The four-door saloon's wheel-base was extended by 10 centimetres 3. Models sold were the DKW Belcar sedan, the Vemaguet station wagon, and the Fissore, a two-door coupe with a smooth designed body and elegant appointments, which resembled in general terms the DKW F The F94 line made by DKW-Vemag was equipped with doors hinged at the front from and four headlights in Altogether aboutcars were built in Brazil.
Following the company's pioneering work in the s, the car had a front-wheel drive configuration which meant there was no bulky driveshaft running through the passenger cabin. The water cooled engine was installed longitudinally above the front wheels - the first appearance of the longitudinal "overhung" engine layout which DKW's successor - Audi - still uses to the present day, but the radiator was located not ahead of the engine but between the engine and the passenger cabin.
The gearbox, controlled by a column mounted lever, was a three speed manual system coupled with a free-wheel device: in Autumn a four speed box was offered as an option. The F93 also incorporated a strengthened chassis and improvements to the suspension and braking system. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Views Read Edit View history.Click thumbprint pictures below for a larger view! Rasmussen's DKW engine, which went into production as a motorcycle engine in in Zschopau, Germany, was a very important development. By the 's DKW was the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer.
In the engine was upgraded to power the first DKW car. The same engine design was later adapted to power SAAB motorcars and the Trabant in East Germany, where it continued to be manufactured up to the early 's, more than 70 years later.
The 2-stroke, 2-cylinder, cc Engine used in the early DKW cars. A two-stroke petrol engine was developed by DKW in as a toy model engine, however the popularity of this engine saw it evolve into a motorcycle engine and then into a car engine. In a cc two cylinder version was used in DKW's first rear wheel driven car.
The DKW F-2 cc. Even during the late 's DKW cars were used for racing! Even though this DKW Sonderklasse Cabrio-Limousine is in desperate need of restoration, it nevertheless gives a good indication of what this period DKW's looked like. This type of car was built in with a 2-stroke, 2-cylinder, cc Engine. In DKW took a pioneering step by adopting front wheel drive, which Audi continues to use up-to today.
During the mid 's the DKW became a best selling people's car. The phenomenal successes of the DKW racing team was a substantial contributor this it's popularity. In the late 's DKW wanted to re-launch the DKW, to keep their dealer happy, but had no suitable successor to the pre-war model.
While they worked on a replacement, as an interim measure, they allowed Bauer to build their new Bauer bodies on the pre-war chassis which they supplied to them with a few minor improvements. The new 2-stroke, 3-cylinder, cc Engine used in A three cylinder version of their engine was developed inbut only went into production, with the launch in March of the new DKW- Sonderklasse Typ F While DKW expanded during the early 30's and had already absorbed Audi, in they also amalgamated with Horch and Wanderer to form Auto Union and consolidate production during a difficult recessionary period.
The combined Auto Union then developed a revolutionary new Grand Prix car, under the direction of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, with and cylinder engines installed behind the driver, with independent suspension and aerodynamic bodies.
These cars dominated car racing and set a host of world records during the late thirties. During Auto Union introduced the F with a wider body and updated both the interior and exterior of the car.
During Auto Union changed away from the "suicide doors" on the two door models only. The DKW Monza established five international records during the late 's.
The car was actually designed to appeal to the American market. During Auto Union introduced a revised car, with a wrap around windscreen, which was fashionable at that time. During Auto Union Germany introduced a new car with a completely new two door body style plus a larger cc engine, although the experts were convinced that a technical limit had been reached and that a successful two stroke engine larger than cc could not be built.
The four door model appeared only during A cc 2-stroke V-6 engine was developed for additional power in by combining two 3-cylinder engines. The capacity was gradually increased to cc and the last V-6 engines were built in While the standard configuration was with two carburettors which produced 83 HP, a four carburettor version was also built and tested which produced HP and a six carburettor version produced HP with the cc capacity.
However, most of the engines were fitted with two carburettors. Approximately V-6 engines were built for testing in DKW cars. A number of Munga's were also fitted with the V-6 engine at the factory in Ingoldstadt, as the German army expressed a keen interest in the more powerful engine. However, with the premature death of Muller and the take-over of Auto Union by Volkswagen, the project was abandoned in favour of a new four stroke engine which had been developed by Mercedes.
DKW's were not only very popular in Europe and Southern Africa, but also in South America, where a number of special models were manufactured in Brazil.Alongside the DKW F89 passenger car, it was the first vehicle to be manufactured by the new Auto Union conglomerate in Ingolstadtfollowing the re-establishment of the business in West Germany.
The Schnellaster is of a one box or monospace configuration featuring front wheels set forward in the passenger cabin, a short sloping aerodynamic hood, front wheel drivetransverse engine early, two cylinder models onlyflat load floor throughout with flexible seating and cargo accommodations. The van included a trailing arm rear suspension system incorporating springs in the cross bar assembly.
It was also fitted with a large single rear door fitted to hinges on the right-hand side. IMOSA from In Spain, DKW became a common term for any van, and is still used today. The Spanish subsidiary also produced a modern successor with all new bodywork, introduced in and called the DKW F L. The Finnish heavy vehicle producer Suomen Autoteollisuus assembled a series of ten Schnellasters in KarisFinland at the turn of November The vehicle was branded Donau-Sisu.
The bodies were welded in Finland by use of fixtures delivered from West Germany. Welding of the complete body took just two hours per unit. Plans were in place for a larger scale production but it was not started because the technically archaic vehicle did not meet the needs of the potential Finnish customers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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DKW Auto Union. Light commercial vehicle. FWD layout. Utility vehicle.The Auto Union is a luxury compact front-wheel drive automobile manufactured by Auto Union GmbH between and A three-door estate version was also offered, branded as the Universal, between and For the new decade, the saloon was renamed Auto Union S and received, in Augustan eye-catching wrap-around windscreen.
Fortunately inthe front-wheel drive DKW design had been an innovative one. Appearing in was the Auto Union Spa low-slung, two-seater sports car that was produced for Auto Union by the Stuttgart coach builders, Baur.
The fixed-head version was joined in by a cabriolet. It proved to be the last open-top car produced by the company until the Audi 80 cabriolet in Afterwards, IME used the cabs for this model.
A fuel consumption of The Auto Union's cc two-stroke three-cylinder engine was available in various states of tune. Power was delivered via a four-speed manual gearbox, controlled using a column-mounted lever. The electrical system was a six-volt one, which by this time was beginning to look old fashioned.
The stated purpose was to reduce the characteristic blue smoke emission for which the car was known. This was to be achieved by ensuring that oil was introduced in exactly the correct proportion to the fuel, and the device was advertised as a way to improve engine longevity. The timing of this innovation proved unfortunate as the winter of was an exceptionally cold one in Europe.
The Auto Union model experienced an unexpected increase in crankshaft damage because the oil, its viscosity affected by the cold weather, was unable to flow freely through the narrow feeder pipe in the carburettor. The pretty Sp sports version continued in production for another two years, untilnotching up sales around 5, for the hard-top version and 1, for the cabriolet.
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At the same time a purchase and leasing agreement was concluded with the Wanderer company for the acquisition of its automobile department. The new group had its headquarters in Chemnitz. The four interlocking rings chosen as its emblem symbolised the indissoluble unity of the four member-companies. Each of the four brands was allocated a specific market segment within the new company: DKW motorcycles and small carsWanderer medium-size carsAudi cars in the upper midsize market segmentHorch top-class luxury cars.
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Relaxation in slow motion: We're bringing the open road to you. Press Releases. Download PDF. Although neither Auto Union, the company from which Audi in its present-day form developed later, nor Mercedes Benz won that event, it was not long before these two manufacturers began to dominate international Grand Prix racing, a situation that prevailed until the outbreak of the Second World War in It seems almost incredible today, but by the Auto Union racing cars were reaching speeds of up to kilometres an hour on the long straights of the Avus circuit — truly, the birth of a legend.
More Content.The car received a positive reaction when first exhibited, initially badged as the DKWat the Frankfurt Motor Show in March The car was known for its two-stroke engine. A number of European auto-makers produced two-stroke powered cars in the s, but by the time the DKW Junior came along, the market was beginning to resist two-stroke powered cars as the industry increasingly standardised on four-stroke four-cylinder units which accordingly were becoming cheaper to produce.
Two-stroke-engined cars were perceived by some as rough and noisy by comparison. The Auto Union had a form that closely followed that of a prototype first presented in The DKW Junior prototype exhibited in featured a two-cylinder cc two-stroke engine reminiscent of the two-stroke engine last seen in the DKW F89 Meisterklasse phased out in The four speed manual transmission was controlled via a cable linkage using a column mounted gear lever.
It is not clear whether the DKW Junior de Luxe, introduced inwas intended to replace or to complement the original Junior which, in any case, was withdrawn in The Junior de Luxe had its cylinders bored out: total displacement was now cc. Early in the summer of Volkswagen acquired the Auto Union business from Daimler Benz : production of the two-stroke DKWs was almost immediately terminated. In the market place the DKWs had been facing an increasing struggle to compete with similarly sized more powerful four-stroke-engined offerings from Volkswagen and, more recently, Opel.
By the end of the plant formerly controlled by Auto Union was building Audi badged cars, with four-cylinder four-stroke engines designed, before the change of ownership, in collaboration with Mercedes Benz. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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