This is the place in front of the factory´s of Volkswagen.
What we see is office and delivery garage. Note also the 2
round parking garages. Behind the famous smokestacks (today
they are not in use). See picture 2. To this place every
happy german inhabitant comes to take delivery. It is
supposed to be a privilege. Only the written owner may come
in to get his dream. Mother and children must be patient and
wait outside. First stop will be a petrol station. To the
left the entrance of Autostadt. See picture 3.
This is the 4 fantastics smokestaks built along with the
original factory. They were used for the heating and
electric power delivery. Today not in use. They survived 4
years of bombing but of course the factory was badly hurt.
It is also called Autozeit refering back to the
development story of cars. An impressing hall high up to
the roof like a cathedral, here you got to register and
pay a symbolic sum of entrance fee. Then we were inside.
I can understand VW has made money. I must tell you
more. The whole area is an amazing park with water
playing on several places and different exhibition
pavilions. The first one you are coming into is the main
one. Autozeit. When you enter there the first you see to
the right is an wonderful Bugatti W18, but also a very
nice Thai-girl exemplary dressed with a small nice
handbag. She had a smile that was not of this world
which I couldn´t resist. Think what you like, she tried
to show us the way to the escalator. To get everything
right we are supposed to start at the fifth floor. The
visitors have to follow "time" down the stairs. Well after
some decision problem we choosed the escalator.
Safe up on the topmost floor, we start with what every
museum of first class have. A copy of Benz first car. My
picture shows the engine with balance wheel. Very my much
can be said about it. For ex. it became a 3 wheeler because
Benz couldn´t solve the problem with steering. He did it on
his next model. The system with king pin which use camber
and caster angels. Benz got patent on this and his fortune
was made, because his main competitor Daimler couldn´t do
the same, some years ahead. You can see the original
3-wheeler in Deutsche Museum München. Look also at Ladenburg
museum where I have a video.
2-cyl V2, watercold, 1005 cc, 7 ps, 40 km/h. Klement &
Laurin started to build cycles 1895. After that motorcycles
with those he won several competions. Now he started to
produce cars 1905. 1925 they merged their company with
Horch 2 cyl. watercold, 2500 cc, 10/12 ps, 50 km/h. 10 were
build. This ex. was the second model for Horch. Earlier he
had been an employe as a technican at Benz but left 1899. He
opened his own 1906. Trouble was in his board and Horch
retired and started Audi. This firm is the base for Audi
today in Ingolstadt. It is situated 100 km north München.
1956 came the last Horch on the market. It was from east
German firm, but it had to be sold under the name of
Sachsenring. A good thing to know about Horch. Audi is the
latin for sound. That you know but the word horch means the
Prototype V3 1936. 4-cyl boxer, 985 cc, 23.5 ps 3000 rpm,
max 100 km/h. Ferd. Porsche who before 1936 constructed
prototypes for Mercedes Benz, Zündapp (5-cyl star enginge)
och NSU, in his try to create a small car dedicated to the
people. No one of these had the money for this. Yet NSU
build a prototype (see pic). He send a memoranda to Hitler
and got this job 1934. He had promised to produced 3 cars at
his office in Stuttgart.1937 Mercedes produced another 30
cars. On this exhibition you can see a drawing how they were
thought this car should look like.
It had 1-cyl 2 stroke engine. From the first cars there is
no one left. This ex is a replika. Compare the NSU-prototype
front as you can see in this pic-serie. No cars was sold to
people before war. After the war the English took over and
succeeded after several difficulties to start production
1949 the Germen got the factory back and after 19 million
produced cars this model was cancelled 1975.
Origin VW seen from back. Look also under Porsche a picture
from Stuttgart outside Porsche´s villa.
Another tale (true?) is that Nuvolari was the only one
that really could handle the car. The truth is that
Bernd Rosemayer and Hans Stuck were the permier drivers.
Union type C 1936.This race car type is designed by
Ferd. Porsche 1933-34 and produced by the free mark of
AutoUnion (not yet purchased). Porsche had his hands on
just for the first model, then he got jobb from Hitler
for the VW. There was models from 1934 to 1939. With a
6000 cc engine and 520 ps, mounted in front of rear axle
this car won several competitions in struggle with
Mercedes "Silberne Pfeils". Drivers was among others
Varzi, Stuck and Rosemayer. Don´t forget Nuvolari. About
these car you can read as much as you like. One history
is that someone found an engine in east Germany and
smuggled it to the West and later to England. The
history is true but the ways differ. This car is a
replica and rebuild from scratch in England (even the
engine?). I am not sure of this today 2009 because of
new webbsites about the cars found ind Russia. Anyway
all Auto Unions are rebuilt by Dick Crosthwaite and John
Gardiner in Buxted England.
Atlantic SC 57 1937. Totally there were 750 Bugatti
built of the 57 serie chassi between 1934 and 1940. Of
this one 3 were produced. Atlantic SC stand S for short
chassi and C for compressor. It was coupled to a 3257 cc
engine with double overhead cams. The motor gave 200 ps
at 5500 rpm. Note how Bugatti solved the production of
the body. Two parts rivet together. Smart! One copy was
made in magnesium. This car can be seen in a museum in
research by Aros members have shown that this car is an
Atlantic copy built on frame no. 8. This reality has VW
missed when they bought this car. This information is
not shown beside the car. Note that the next picture is
the same car.
This was one of the 2 cars that almost took our eyes from
the guide at the moving staircase. It was this Atlantic and
an EB18. Here you see the Atlantic car from behind.
try to photo the drivers place. Sorry but my camera has
difficulties to decide its focus. Drivers seat had no
adjustments and I got the impression that the long
steering wheel column need a very tall and welltrained
person to be able to handle this with its mechanical
brakes. You must push the pedal hard.
Bentley 3,7 1935.According their victories
at LeMans Bentley had a high respected name. 1931 RollsRoyce
bought Bentley for 125575 £. VW bought Bugatti and Bentley
1965. This Bentley with custom body was ordered by Sir Roy
Fedder. He was a designer at Bristol Motors. The chassi was
produced in 1177 ex.
DKW F1 1931. Front drive 2 cyl 2 stroke, watercold 585
cc, 15 ps och max 80 km/h.
motor V6 bild.
EA prototype. 1953 VW started development of a small 4-place
car which should cost 2000 DM. This car had front drive
2-cyl boxer, 700 cc, 18 ps, 80 km/h. VW stopped at this
level. Perhaps they sold the concept to BMW who produced BMW
Bugatti EB 218 Genser Saloon 1999.
When VW bought Bugatti name they promised to start producing
Bugatti luxury cars in Mohlsheim, France. This is the
result. Any serial production we have not yet seen. Only
some of these luxy and sporty cars. Look at Auto Saloon
Singen. VW constructed a W18 cyl engine on 3x6 banks.
had no printed paper on this car, but the gard girl, Thai,
had this remembering paper in her hand bag.
Bentley V12.The Zeithaus area
consist of several pavillions. Among them Lamborghini and
Bentley. Here a picture from Bentley. When you had seen the
main pavillion you were rather tired and couldn´t appreciate
prototype build by NSU include almost all features that the
later VW got. Engine, wheel uprights and front. It had 1470
cc aircold rear engine, 28 ps, 100 km/h. It is very like VW
V3. Sorry but NSU put their money on motorcycles instead.
This car was driven by a NSU employee until 1956.
Cadillac Eldorado 1959. A car model
that absolutely belongs to the development story of cars.
First of all out of design view.
car is a standard VW. It was ordered by a wealthy lawyer in
Bad Neuheim. The standard VW was rebuild by Stoll Coachwork
1951. The car had many owners before it was renovated by an
enthusiast in England. Later sold 1955 to Stiftung
Skoda Superb 924.6 cyl., 3137 cc, 85
ps, 125 km/h. Top of the list in Czecoslovakai. Compare AUDI
922. Manufacturing ceased 1949.