Thursday, June 14, 2012

Zwickau, the first home of Audi

Hi folks -- the class made the trip to Zwickau today and a a visit to the Horch/Audi Museum there. It is a better museum than I remember it from our 2009 trip, and highly recommended.  A very reasonable gift shop, and friendly staff and docents.  Best cars -- certainly a type C Rennwagen; pre-WWII DKWs; plenty of rare and enlightening memorabilia, including licenses from the 1920s  and 1930s, and service equipment;  excellent film footage from the 1930s, 40s and 50s; a German general store circa 1930; and 1960s and 1970s Trabants and associated accessories. Great supporting photographs take you back in time well beyond the cars themselves.

 A 1934 Audi, engine based on tooling from the American Rickenbacker

 A late 1930s (1937) Wanderer
 Type D Rennwagen
 Audi headquarters move to Chemnitz, 1936


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