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Auto Union 1000 SP-1962


The name DKW comes from “Dampf-Kraft-Wagen” which translates to “steam-powered vehicle.” It carries this name because of the first vehicle its Danish designer, J.S. Rasmussen, built, was a light steam car. Like many other manufacturers, DKW was also famous for motorcycles – in the 1930s they were the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. In 1931, DKW diversified into automobile manufacturing. In 1932, they became part of Auto Union, joining Audi, Horch, and Wanderer. In 1949, DKW was re-established in the Federal Republic of Germany before being taken over by Mercedes-Benz. Sold to Volkswagen in 1965, DKW became part of Audi and ceased production in 1966. DKW was known for being a reliable, well-built car. The two-stroke engine is small, being under 1000cc, but provided adequate power to move this medium size car along very well. It is claimed the engine has only 7 moving parts!

Manufacturer:  Auto Union GmbH
Country of Origin:  Germany
Drivetrain Configuration:  Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine:  980cc, 2-stroke, 50bhp
Transmission:  4-speed manual
Top Speed:  83mph
Years of Production:  1958-1963
Number Produced:  171,008
Original Cost:  6000 DM