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DKW Typ P- 1928

Established in 1916 by Jørgen Skafte Rasmussen, DKW initially specialized in steam fittings before transitioning to being an early producer of two-stroke motorcycles in the 1920s. By the 1930s, DKW had emerged as a leading global motorcycle manufacturer. Diversifying its portfolio, DKW entered the automobile industry, culminating in its merger with Auto Union in 1932, a move that solidified its position in the automotive landscape.

In 1928, DKW made its debut in automobile manufacturing with the introduction of a compact two-seat roadster featuring a rear rumble seat, enabling accommodation for four passengers. The DKW Typ P vehicles, boasting 15 brake horsepower and adhering to a traditional front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration, affectionately known as P15s, marked DKW’s initial venture into automotive production. This milestone laid the groundwork for subsequent advancements, including the pioneering introduction of front-wheel drive in 1931.

Following the tumult of World War II, Auto Union’s consolidation with other prestigious brands led to the formation of Audi, seamlessly integrating DKW’s storied heritage into Audi’s legacy.


Manufacturer: DKW

Country of Origin: Germany

Drivetrain Configuration: Front engine, rear-wheel drive

Engine: DKW, water-cooled, 584cc, inline 2-cylinder, 2-stroke, 15bhp

Transmission: 3-speed manual with reverse

Top Speed: Unpublished

Years of Production: 1928-1929

Number Produced: ~2,000

Original Cost: Unpublished