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Offline le mans

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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #30 on: February 18, 2016, 05:59:56 am »
I've learned a lot from this thread. Keep it up please. Any info about the convertible at Concourse this year?
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Offline AutoUnioNZ

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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #31 on: February 18, 2016, 05:12:27 pm »
Thanks all for your replies 8)!  Will keep posting then.... Ok about John Farmer's 1962 Auto Union 1000SP Roadster;

It is a pretty rare car - only 1640 roadsters were built in 1961-5.  Known affectionately in German as the "baby" Thunderbird ("schmalspur Thunderbird"), John's car came from Seattle in the USA in complete basket case condition.  John described the car as being completely "shagged" (not uncommon with DKW's - as they are pretty robust and reliable, people used to drive them, and drive them, and drive them with minimum maintenance until either the owner or the car dropped dead...)

John has been restoring this car for 16 years now, and is probably 95% done with the restoration.

These cars were handbuilt by Baur in Stuttgart - and were very expensive when new - DM10 750, when a VW Karmann Ghia cost DM 8750.  Their values are consequently high today.  There is no definite list of survivors of the roadster (many more of the hardtop version of the AU1000SP were produced and do survive) - I would estimate maybe 150 cars worldwide?

That said - they do stray into the market now and then - here is a nice one ;

http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/auto-union/unspecified/1736485.html

here is an awful one;

https://www.classic-trader.com/au/cars/listing/dkw/1000/auto-union-1000-special-roadster/1962/34201

and a hardtop featured two days ago on "Bring a Trailer";

http://bringatrailer.com/2016/02/16/schmalspur-thunderbird-restored-1961-auto-union-1000-sp/

They were pretty cars - and Auto Union were by no means ashamed of the styling crib - and mention it openly, even today;

http://www.audi.com/corporate/en/company/history/models/auto-union-1000-sp-roadster-1964.html



They were, considering their aerodynamics and power to weight ratio, good performers in their day - and their 90mph top speed was on par with small sports cars of the era.

Auto Union also used them as a powerful marketing tool and several were featured in various films of the time, and some rallied too.  Here is a photograph from the 1962 Auto Union calendar (incidently the car in the photograph still survives too, in South Africa);


Although there were no roadsters sold new in NZ - there were at least two hardtop 1000SP's sold here - here is one, which has since crossed the ditch to Ozzie;



The remains of the second car (1000SP hard top)  are in a lock-up in Auckland - although sadly it is just a parlous collection of bits now.

There were a couple of other private imports - but these are now lost to the ravages of time...


Offline AutoUnioNZ

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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #32 on: February 18, 2016, 05:21:13 pm »
Ahhhh and from Facebook someone shared a photo of one of those NZ-new 1000SP's in Christchurch in 1960;


Offline AutoUnioNZ

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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #33 on: February 19, 2016, 03:07:04 pm »
And another two have arrived in New Zealand - these two, a 1960 Auto Union 1000S Coupe and a 1958 Auto Union 1000 Coupe have arrived in Nelson, from Cape Town, South Africa in January 2016 !






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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #34 on: February 19, 2016, 03:10:50 pm »
Is there a breeding campaign?
I'm really pleased to see this
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Offline AutoUnioNZ

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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #35 on: February 19, 2016, 03:48:40 pm »
Mike de Vigne, who imported the two cars above, also has an immaculate NZ new 1962 1000S four door, previously from Auckland  (my apologies - the Trademe pictures are better than my own, which I took when Mike came to visit me at Auckland Airport) ;





and here when Mike came to visit - I took the 1000 to work that day;

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Offline AutoUnioNZ

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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #36 on: February 19, 2016, 03:54:42 pm »
Some of you may also enjoy this video of my friend Paul Markham in Australia taking his 3=6 four door out for a drive;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihCbVTqOmDM

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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #37 on: February 19, 2016, 05:00:43 pm »
Nice potted history.
I must get out my Audi book and have a refresher on DKW
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Offline AutoUnioNZ

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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #38 on: February 20, 2016, 09:06:53 am »
OK - here's another type seldomly seen in NZ - the DKW Munga - there is one confirmed one that belongs to John Farmer in Whitianga (seen here at Ellerslie Concours 2015 with Dean Salter's ex- Kenyan 1000S Coupe);


However, there is/was a second one in Christchurch (the best reference I have is from 2008 - see the link below)


(My reference is from this link; http://tanksforeverything.co.nz/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=233&theme=Choose%20a%20theme  )

Does anyone know what happened to the ChCh Munga?

Offline AutoUnioNZ

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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #39 on: February 21, 2016, 09:28:26 am »
Here is a nice example of the 1962 Auto Union 1000S two door saloon- at the Classics Museum in Hamilton (although it has what I think might be Triumph Herald hubcaps and painted bumpers) - the Coupe option was deleted for '62 in RHD cars (you could still have LHD '62 Coupe's) - so all of these '62  two doors have fixed rear windows.  I'm guessing this car would have been a private import - more than likely assembled by CDA in East London, South Africa, in the old Austin factory. The sign in the museum identifies it as a '60 - but the car is a '62 (the wider track rear axle, slat grille and escutcheon plates on the "C" pillars are  a dead giveaway).

 





Offline AutoUnioNZ

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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #40 on: February 22, 2016, 07:41:02 am »
and today.... a blast from the past;

DKW 3=6 F94, Spring Invitation Trials (near Waiuku) - 1973   (This car is still alive and well and living in West Auckland, last I heard) (photograph courtesy Ross Cammick)



Brian Rule from Hamilton rallying his 1965 DKW F102 in the early 1970's (photograph courtesy Brian Rule);


Offline AutoUnioNZ

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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #41 on: February 24, 2016, 12:34:18 pm »
Took my '57 DKW F93 3=6 out for a drive yesterday afternoon- newly minted rego and warrant!





Offline AutoUnioNZ

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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #42 on: February 24, 2016, 12:37:37 pm »
And another Kiwi Deek for you all - the 1000S Coupe in the World of Wearable Art in Nelson;


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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #43 on: February 24, 2016, 12:42:05 pm »
Looking at these pics reminds me why I liked them so much when they were new
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Offline AutoUnioNZ

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Re: Auto Union DKW Owners
« Reply #44 on: February 24, 2016, 05:39:06 pm »
Last of the Deeks - the RHD F102's sold 2nd best in New Zealand IN THE WORLD (1st was the UK) - I have included a good few factory advertisements and then two of the few existing F102's that survive in NZ.  Although they did not sell well worldwide due (in part) to a period bias against two strokes and Auto Union's own problems (sending them into the arms of Volkswagen in 1965) - it was an excellent car in reality, and those that owned them were very fond of them.  Of course - the addition of the Mercedes designed four stroke engine to this car created the Auto Union F103, which then very shortly after became the Audi F103 (the Audi 80) and the rest as they say...is history.




This nice example in the Toy Museum at Wanaka


This example previously owned by Brian Rule of Hamilton, now with John Farmer in Whitianga