Before Audi was known as Audi, it was called the Auto Union. The Auto Union was comprised of four different German automobile manufacturers during the Great Depression, Audi, Horch, DKW and Wanderer. When Volkswagen took ownership of the Auto Union in 1964, it became known as Audi. So pre-1964, Audis were known as Auto Union cars and finding one is pretty rare, as they aren’t popular in America. However, this owner and his love for everything Audi has found a 1960 DKW 1000S, badged as an Auto Union car, and completely restored it while also making some big modifications.
Edmonds, Washington native, Al Swackhammer, has a serious love for Audi and has been in love with the brand since the UR Quattro back in the mid-’80s. The Quattro fueled his passion for everything Audi related so he hasn’t owned a car that wasn’t a Volkswagen or Audi product. So when he found this Auto Union 1000S, he knew he needed to own it and restore it. And that’s what he did.
Swackhammer performed a complete body-off restoration and powder coated the entire chassis. He then painted it in Ascot Grey with a white roof. However, the biggest modification was to the car’s powertrain. The original 1000S came with a 981 cc two-stroke three-cylinder engine that developed 44 bhp, which was mated to a four-speed manual transmission. This enabled the 1000S to get from 0-60 mph in a glacier-like 23 seconds and had a top speed of just 80.9 mph. Well, Swackhammer removed this engine and added something a bit more appropriate for the North West.
Seeing as the North West section of the US is obsessed with being green and alternative fuel, Swackhammer added an electric motor and a whole lot of batteries. The motor is a Azure Dynamics three-phase AC24 that powers the front wheels and gets its electricity from a shelf of batteries that take up the entire back seat and even some of the trunk. Those batteries combine to create 21.5 kWh. Updated power figures and performance numbers aren’t given, but expect them to be a huge upgrade from its 23 second 0-60 time. Plus, even with all the batteries, the 1000S only weighs around 2,400 lbs.
Swackhammer is selling his prized Auto Union 1000S on eBay, with the current bid at $15,100 at the time of writing this. That seems like a reasonable price, considering the rarity of the car and how much work went into it. If you’re a big Audi fan who also happens to be a fan of alternative fuel, this could be an excellent car for you.