Tuesday, July 30, 2013

DKW & Auto Solutions


South Africa was a major export market for DKW. Thousands of cars were shipped there from the mid 1950s to mid 1960s and many hundreds of DKWs are still on the road. These cars kept on the road by DKW service providers such as DKW and Auto Solutions and an enthusiastic and dedicated DKW club.

These photos of the DKW and Auto Solutions workshop were taken by Brendan Odell on a recent trip to South Africa.

The workshop and numerous cars being serviced

In Australia we can only dream of so many DKWs in one place.

Green DKW

DKW Junior

















DKW F91 (early 50s).

DKW F93



DKW schnellaster

Universal

DKW Hummels

Piles and piles of body panels

F8 chassis and axles

Gearboxes and crankcases

Chrome and trim

And boxes and boxes of assorted spares

Display engine

DKW and Auto Solutions can be contacted for spares and service via their website http://dkwsa.co.za/

DKW Spare Parts Suppliers and Repairers


Here is a list of links to a range of DKW spare parts suppliers and repairers:

  1. European Car Parts in Argentina has an eBay shop - http://stores.ebay.co.uk/EUROPEAN-CAR-PARTS/_i.html?_fsub=4
  2. DKW Auto-Union Parts has an eBay store - http://stores.ebay.com/dkwautounionparts
  3. Dekabras - a Brazilian NOS spare parts and parts remanufacturer.  They produce tuning products, including disc brake kits - http://www.dekabras.com.br/inicio.php 
  4. DKW Pecas - another Brazilian DKW-Vemag parts and service provider - http://www.dkwpecas.com.br/
  5. DKW and Auto Solutions are well known in South Africa for their supply of parts and expertise. http://dkwsa.co.za/ and photos here http://heinkelscooter.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/dkw-auto-solutions.html
  6. Hubert in South Africa has a range of spares for DKWs from the 1930s to 1960s.  http://www.whatsinyourpaddock.com.au/ads/346 and email hubert@worldonline.co.za
  7. Mobilitaeten in Germany have a very extensive selection of parts for a wide range of DKW vehicles, including disc brake kits. They also provide servicing and restoration services. I had my fuel gauge serviced by Arne. http://www.mobilitaeten.de/
  8. DKW Specialist Hesse provides parts for later models from F89 onwards. http://www.dkwhesse.de/
  9. DKW Klose provides a lot of parts for earlier models, such as the F5 and F7, including fully rebuilt and reconditioned engines. http://www.dkwklose.de/
  10. Dutch based repairer, restorer and supplier -http://www.dkwauto.nl/index.html
  11. Kurt Soezen is a UK based parts source with a substantial stock of NOS and remanufactured DKW parts.  His e-mail is k.soezen@btinternet.com  
  12. Jorge Caviglia in Argentina is a source for parts.  His email is bue917@yahoo.com.ar
  13. Bernardo Konge in Uruguay is a source of parts.  His email is DKW@adinet.com.uy
  14. Auto Tiele S Baller provides parts and services for IFAs, Barkas and some cross over DKW cars. http://www.autoteile-baller.de/start.htm
  15. Matz Autoteile supplies parts for a range on cars from Borgward, Goliath, NSU and many other interesting machines. http://www.matz-autoteile.de/test/installation/index.php
  16. Framo-Jens supplies Framo, IFA and early DKW parts. http://www.framo-jens.de/index.php?menu=1
  17. Autoculture supplies a range of DKW and other oldtimer parts. http://autokultur.eshop.t-online.de/Neuteile/DKW-F7/F8
  18. Michael Zimmermann supplies IFA F8 and F9 parts. http://www.micha-zimmermann.com/
  19. Medidenta Schramm in Germany supplies a range of parts, especially brakes, electrical parts and accessories. http://www.medidentaschramm.de/index.php
  20. Autoculture has spare parts for many 1950s German cars, including DKWs, especially replacement rubber parts. http://www.autokulturgut.de/
  21. This website lists a number of German vendors and restorers. http://www.oldtimer-selbstrestaurieren.de/index.php?menuid=64
  22. Ostmobile-Shop sells DKW and IFA parts. http://www.ostmobile-shop.de/epages/61489198.sf/en_GB/?ViewObjectID=730831
  23. DKW early F series bodywork and upholstery. http://dkw-karosseriebau.de/index.html#
  24. Audi Tradition recently purchased the entire new old stock (NOS) from a Paraguayan DKW dealer that has since closed up shop. The store began buying up NOS for spares and servicing in the 1950s but after moving on to VW sales in the 1960s found there was little call for the DKW parts. Fortunately the spares were not scrapped but stored away. Audi bought the entire stock and relocated it to Germany. Unfortunately they will only sell the parts within Germany and Austria but it's at least good to see Audi actually paying some attention to its 'back catalogue.' http://trshop.audi.de/konakart/SelectCat.do?catId=21&prodsFound=-1&category=Ersatzteile
  25. A South American source for DKWs and other old vehicles is Arcar. http://www.arcar.org/autosantiguos.aspx?qma=dkw

If you know any other suppliers and repairers, feel free to drop me a line.

Monday, July 29, 2013

1938-41 Motor Kritik automotive review


A cross section of Motor Kritik auto reviews from the years 1938 to 1941

The Adler 2-litre


A medium sized family car built by Adler from 1938 to 1940. 7470 cars were built. A cabriolet, limousine and a sportster were all bodied by Ambi-Budd Karossiere in Berlin. Karmann of Osnabruck also built a sleek, limousine version. http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/lost_marques_adler.htm

BMW 328 2 Litre sports cabriolet


The BMW 2 litre was introduced in 1936 and remained in production until 1940. It enjoyed considerable racing success, in the 1938 Mille Miglia for instance, where BMW 328s came in second, third and fourth in their class and eighth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth overall. After the war the BMW 328 went back into production in East Germany as the EMW 328. In England a version of the car was manufactured as the Fraser-Nash BWM. http://www.supercars.net/cars/160.html

Borgward 2000


Carl Borgward had come along way since the days of the Blitzkarren delivery tricycle of 1924. http://heinkelscooter.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/goliath-pionier.html This large 2 litre family car was introduced in 1927 under the name Hansa-Borgward 2000. The Hansa name was dropped in 1939. The following year it was replaced by the larger engined Borgward 2300. http://www.borgward.com/eng/history_eng/geschichte_auto.htm

Mercedes-Benz Type 540K


The spectacular Mercedes-Benz 540K was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1936. The car was a development of the famous SSK roadster. It was powered by a 5.4 litre straight 8 engine that could develop approximately 140 horsepower. The maximum speed was 170 kilometres per hour. http://www.supercars.net/cars/1208.html

Ford Eifel Sportster


Ford also manufactured cars in Germany. The car was manufactured between 1937 and 1942 built on the standard European chassis used by the Ford Prefect in England. Some 62,000 cars were manufactured before production was stopped. http://www.enfostuff.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1215&sid=0a9f57cad388c7795df9ed8772250fe8

Hanomag Rekord-Diesel


Hanomag introduced the Rekord in 1933. It was a small diesel powered family car but was only produced in relatively small numbers. The 1.9 litre was introduced in 1937. http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2012/12/01/hemmings-find-of-the-day-1936-hanomag-rekord-15k/

Horch 951 A


The Horch 951A was introduced simultaneously with the Horch 850. The primary difference between the models was the 951A's double jointed rear axle and longer chassis. The Horch limousines were the pinnacle of Germany luxury vehicles. http://www.dieselpunks.org/profiles/blogs/lord-ks-garage-65-horch-850

Maybach Zeppelin


Maybach were originally an engine manufacturer building engines for Zeppelin. In 1919, with Germany banned from building airships, Maybach turned towards automobile manufacture. In 1928 Maybach introduced the Zeppelin model featuring a 7 litre V 12. In 1930 the engine was upgraded to 8 litres. Maybach cars were so huge and heavy that drivers of the 8 litre model needed to have a truck license. http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z11947/Maybach-SW38.aspx

Opel Kadett


The small family Opel Kadett was Germany's best selling car of the late 1930s. The car was designed by Opel's technical director, Heinrich Nordhoff, who would later go on to head up Volkswagen after the war. The introduction of the Kadett in 1937 raised the ire of Adolf Hitler, as it threatened his Volkswagen project, despite the fact that it was twice the price of the Beetle. The car remained in production until 1940. After the war the Soviets dismantled the Opel factory,plant and designs and shipped it back to the Soviet Union. From 1948 until 1956 the Soviets produced their copy of the Kadett under the name Moskvitch 400. http://www.oldrussiancars.com/moskvitch-400-420/

Opel Olympia



Another small car from the Opel stable. It was named Olympia in honour of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. 168,000 cars were built between 1935 and 1940. http://www.philseed.com/opoly39.html

Stoewer Sedina


The Sedina was one of the last civilian cars built by Stoewer before the war. It was a very popular medium sized family car. http://www.stoewer-museum.de/stoewer/gebrstoewere.htm

Tempo G1200 Gelander


The double engined, four wheel drive Tempo Gelander was built for an army contract for a tough, cross country car. The army however found the double engine drive confusing and refused to accept it. Tempo instead offered the car for civilian use. Small numbers were purchased for forestry and police services, but most of the 1300 cars built were exported to dozens of countries around the world.

Volkswagen KDF


Government sponsored and sold through a savings plan scheme, the KDF was introduced in 1938. 165,000 subscribed to the scheme but no cars were delivered before the war intervened. http://www.heinkelscooter.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/volkswagen-world-beating-peoples-car.html