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Rare 1955 DKW Schnellaster Tiefader going up for auction

A rare 1955 DKW Schnellaster Tiefader will be auctioned by Gooding & Company later this year at their Scottsdale 2015 auction. Featuring the chassis #22507185, the vehicle is from the inaugural model year and as you can see it appears to be in mint condition.

The Schnellaster (Rapid Transporter) came out in 1949 and was launched by West Germany’s DKW Auto Union, the precursor of Audi. The Tiefader (Low Loader) version came out six years later with a 16-inch deck height and a two-stroke, 0.9-liter 3-cylinder, roller-crank “3=6” engine developing 36 bhp at 4,000 rpm channeled to the wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission. It benefits from hydraulic drum brakes for all wheels, along with independent front suspension with transverse leaf spring and a rear independent suspension with trailing arms & torsion bars.

1955 DKW Schnellaster Tiefader
1955 DKW Schnellaster Tiefader

The vehicle comes bundled with the original laufkarte (build sheet) from the Audi Archives, denoting the car was manufactured on March 9, 1955 in Ingolstadt, Germany and then shipped to United States at Peter Satori Motors located in Pasadena, California. It was taken out of service in 1960 and then was stored in an industrial warehouse until 2012 when it was discovered by a restorer who is now selling it.

1955 DKW Schnellaster Tiefader
1955 DKW Schnellaster Tiefader

The 1955 DKW Schnellaster Tiefader received a frame-off restoration towards the end of 2013 and was fitted with numerous original components over a process which took “thousands of hours of impassioned effort.” The seller says it’s not only the only model of its kind in North America but at the same time it’s the only known model which has been fully restored.

It’s part of the Lot #110 and is estimated to fetch anywhere between $90,000 and $120,000, without reserve.

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via Gooding & Company

Adrian Padeanu

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