This 1951 DKW Schnellaster is an early model that was fully restored by a specialist shop in Stuttgart in 2005, according to the seller. An interesting pick-up variant, it wears some weird colors, but condition looks very nice inside and out, and these pick-ups seem to be quite a bit more scarce than their van-bodied cousins. Find this one here on Autocherish in Gorinchem, Netherlands for 28,500 euros (-$30k USD today).
We haven’t seen one in a color scheme quite like this, and though its very bright, finish does look to be in good shape. These earlier rigs can be identified by their lack of fender flares, solid steel wheels, and flatter hoods, which featured a narrower center rib and smaller hinges. The dropside, wood paneled bed gives plenty of flexibility for hauling, and though likely not a factory offered color combo, the rest of the truck looks pretty correct.
The cab interior has been bathed in the same light brown paint, and features a stamped aluminum floorboard. A darker brown vinyl bench seat and matching door panels give some extra visual depth. A 3-speed floor-mounted shift lever looks awkwardly low in relation to the tall, large diameter wheel, but we’d still wager it’s a fun little truck to putt around in.
These earlier models were equipped with a 700c two-stroke twin that produced only about 20 HP, as opposed to later triples that nearly doubled that output. It’s a neat looking bay, utilizing every available millimeter of space to maximize cargo capacity in back. Cosmetics here are on par with the rest of the truck, and just a bit over 34k miles are documented.
The colors are wild and won’t be to everyone’s liking, but this is still one of the nice examples we’ve come across in the last few years. A price point comfortably under $50k is also good news, compared to a few six-figure restorations recently seen on the market.
I've only seen photos of the vans, not the ute variety. This is very cute:
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