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Shannons Auctions Melbourne Australia - 1951 DKW Van 700CC in red and cream

Shannons Auctions Melbourne Australia - 1951 DKW Van 700CC in red and cream 17 Feb 2016 07:29 #10195

Found here:

www.shannons.com.au/auctions/2016-shanno...on/ZZ73Y58XKXC35S0D/

It's going up for auction very soon
Description

Originally founded as a metal working concern in 1904 by Jörgen Skafte Rasmussen, a Dane living in Chemnitz, Germany, the company built an experimental steam-powered car known as the Dampf Kraft Wagen (or DKW, which translated meant Steam-Power-Vehicle) in the years leading up to the First World War. Initially focused on building motorcycles, it took until 1928 for DKW to produce its first automobile, pioneering the use of front-wheel drive just three years later. Ultimately forming part of the Auto Union family (with Audi, Horch and Wanderer, making up the familiar four rings that remain the Audi brand’s logo today), DKW’s so-called Schnell-Laster (German for High Speed Van) range of forward-control vans and buses were introduced at the 1949 Hannover Export Fair. The original F-89L model was based on the running gear of the pre-war F-8 Masterklasse wagon, powered by a transversely-mounted twin-cylinder engine sitting ahead of the front axle. The diminutive two-stroke engine had a capacity of just 688cc, developing 22 horsepower at 4200 rpm, the gearbox was a three-speed unit, with a “Dynastart” system and 6 volt electrics. These early vans struggled to live up to the high speed moniker, with a top speed of around 70 km/h, but were certainly versatile - with a flat floor and flexible seating arrangement, the F-89L Bus could carry up to nine passengers and was sold alongside more utilitarian van and open tray versions of the Schnell-Laster. DKW briefly enjoyed a monopoly in this market and sales boomed until the arrival of Volkswagen’s Transporter the following year, prompting changes that included a more powerful engine, better load carrying capacity and - from 1952 - a longer wheelbase with wider track, plus a four-speed gear-change and dry clutch. The Schnell-Laster carried on in production into the 1960s, being built under licence in Spain from 1963, with German production phased out around this time. Arguably the world’s first mini-van and the grandfather of the many MPVs seen on our roads today, DKW’s Schnell-Lasters have become highly prized collector’s pieces in recent years, with a unique character and lots of period charm.
History
• Believed to be unique in Australia
• Previously in long-term ownership
• Older restoration to original condition

Understood to be unique in Australia, this 1951 DKW Bus was originally imported by Regent Motors of Melbourne and held in the long-term ownership of the same family for an incredible 35 years. As documented by the comprehensive history file included with the vehicle, the DKW was used for family outings over many years before benefiting from a comprehensive restoration, returning the Schnell-Laster to its former glory. A popular sight at various club shows and concourse, the DKW changed hands for the first time in almost four decades in late 2014 and has since seen little further use. Currently unregistered, the DKW comes with an owner’s handbook, an original German parts book and other marque literature. And will be offered for sale with no reserve.


Specifications
Engine Twin-cylinder, 688cc
Gearbox 3-speed manual
Engine No. 1801449
Chassis No. 18014275
Body Work Bus
Colour Yellow/Red
Interior Light Brown
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel Disc
Brakes Drums

This is so adorable. And rare, amazingly rare! What a little gem.

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Shannons Auctions Melbourne Australia - 1951 DKW Van 700CC in red and cream 17 Feb 2016 10:26 #10196

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That's awesome!

I especially like the way the headlamps are mounted.

Interested to see how much it fetches at auction.
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Shannons Auctions Melbourne Australia - 1951 DKW Van 700CC in red and cream 25 Feb 2016 06:55 #10216

Sold for a mere $18K. I hope it went to a great home and remains unchanged.
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Shannons Auctions Melbourne Australia - 1951 DKW Van 700CC in red and cream 09 Oct 2016 09:47 #10596

I'm pretty sure this listing on CarSales is the same vehicle. Same colour scheme, although the dealer listing it claims it's a 56.

Price has leapt from $18 k to $50K. Noice. :blink: :S :pinch:
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Shannons Auctions Melbourne Australia - 1951 DKW Van 700CC in red and cream 10 Oct 2016 03:08 #10598

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That would be Classic Throttle Shop: Your one stop shop for overpriced classics...

www.classicthrottleshop.com/classics.htm
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Shannons Auctions Melbourne Australia - 1951 DKW Van 700CC in red and cream 10 Oct 2016 06:43 #10599

There's margin and then there's marrrrrgin.....
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Shannons Auctions Melbourne Australia - 1951 DKW Van 700CC in red and cream 11 Oct 2016 00:11 #10600

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Yeah, I think they might have it for a long time at that price, unless a clueless buyer comes along and coughs up the cash. I remember these guys had a mini moke for sale a while back and were asking a stupid price for it - something like $35k. Have a look at the prices of the 356 or the E-type roadster they have.
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Shannons Auctions Melbourne Australia - 1951 DKW Van 700CC in red and cream 12 Feb 2017 02:56 #10811

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