People really didn't like Volvo's first streamlined car, the PV36…

How can you not love streamlined, "Art Deco" designs? Pretty much everyone was experimenting with various wind-swept shapes in the 1930s, and you can trace a line from the European carrozzerias to the most progressive styling studios of the United States. » 4/28/14 11:30am 4/28/14 11:30am

This Guy Raced A Tiny Two-Stroke DKW Surrounded By Lions In Africa

Long before Audi, there was DKW and Auto Union. If you thought Saab two-strokes were the business, check out what a three-cylinder two-stroke of German origin could do surrounded by the wilderness of Africa. » 10/28/13 4:00pm 10/28/13 4:00pm

The Supercar’s New Clothes

We love our supercars to death. We obsess over their top speeds and great power. But what is it like to actually use one? Over 500 miles of European motorway, we discover an inconvenient truth. » 7/04/12 1:00pm 7/04/12 1:00pm

Tazio Nuvolari, deer hunter with Silver Arrow

Hunting game and racing cars are generally pursued as separate pastimes, but not by Tazio Nuvolari at the 1938 Donington Grand Prix, where, as evidenced by a severed head, he did both with great aplomb. » 12/21/11 3:00pm 12/21/11 3:00pm

The forgotten Audi supercar that was never built

Auto Union's Grand Prix racecars of the 1930s were the greatest the world had ever seen. But few know the story of the road car that shared all the motorsports tech with those spectacular racecars. It was called the "Type 52," and it almost became the world's first modern supercar. » 12/13/11 12:00pm 12/13/11 12:00pm

Budapest’s secret Grand Prix street circuit

This Sunday will mark the 75th anniversary of the Hungarian Grand Prix, an event held since…1986. Fifty years before Formula One came to the Hungaroring, there was a Grand Prix race in downtown Budapest with 100,000 people in attendance. The Silver Arrows came. Scuderia Ferrari came. Three-quarters of a century later,… » 7/29/11 4:00pm 7/29/11 4:00pm

Ken Block explains hooning to Hans Stuck

So there's Hans Stuck, sitting in his dad's Auto Union grand prix car, and all he wants to know is "What is hooning?" There's no one better to explain it than Ken Block, who gives an accurate description and then asks Stuck to do a donut in the car. » 7/12/11 1:00pm 7/12/11 1:00pm

All Silver Arrows, all the time

If you like your race cars silver, wicked and German, Motorhome is a tumblr you should check out: nothing but photos of Silver Arrows, like this Auto Union A-Type, page after page after page. » 3/18/11 4:30pm 3/18/11 4:30pm

Silver Arrows In Flight

Formula 1 racers Jacky Ickx and Hans-Joachim Stuck took to the streets of Monaco last May in Auto Union Silver Arrows Type D and C, respectively, briefly creating an eight wheel, 28-cylinder piece of history. [HellForMotors] » 1/17/11 9:00am 1/17/11 9:00am

Take a Look Around the Argentine Auto Union Factory in 1960

Auto Union was the result of the merger of 4 German car companies formed in 1932. Few are aware during the 1960s, the German company which became Audi licensed car production in Argentina. These photos show the factory in action. » 1/08/11 3:00pm 1/08/11 3:00pm

The 1936 Auto Union Type C Unpeeled

This stuff'll keep engineer kids up all night. The third of Auto Union's Grand Prix racecars, the 1936 Typ(e) C sparred with Benzes and Alfas, and made Bernt Rosermeyer world champion. Now see it in wireframe glory. » 1/04/11 2:30pm 1/04/11 2:30pm

Kids’ Fashion Meets 1930’s Silver Arrow Race Car

In a case of visual merchandising gone slightly weird, this is a display window of the Italian fashion brand Benetton selling kids’ clothes with a toy version of the V16-powered 1936 Auto Union Type C. » 9/06/10 5:00pm 9/06/10 5:00pm

Audi R8 V10: The Supercar's New Clothes

We love our supercars to death. We obsess over their top speeds and great power. But what is it like to actually use one? Over 500 miles of European motorway, we discover an inconvenient truth. » 5/05/10 12:00pm 5/05/10 12:00pm

Don't Forget The 2-Stroke Oil! DKWs For '64

Dampf-Kraft-Wagen! One of the all-time great car-company names was phased out by Auto Union not long after this jaunty ad for the '64 DKW F11, F12, and F12 Roadster came out. » 2/21/10 3:00pm 2/21/10 3:00pm

Remembering Bernd Rosemeyer

It was 72 years ago on this day that Bernd Rosemeyer flipped his streamlined V16 Auto Union on the Autobahn at 268 MPH and died. Come and watch a video of his very photogenic life. » 1/28/10 9:30am 1/28/10 9:30am

Happy 100th Birthday, Bernd Rosemeyer

Auto Union’s fearless prewar grand prix driver, who died 71 years ago in a 270 MPH crash on the public road, has turned 100 years old. Come and share his birthday cake. » 10/15/09 4:20pm 10/15/09 4:20pm

Bernd Rosemeyer, Now In Chocolate Form

You can buy a bar of Belgian chocolate with Bernd Roseyemer’s Auto Union Type C on the wrapper. Just make sure you don’t exceed 270 MPH while eating it. » 10/06/09 9:00am 10/06/09 9:00am

Ferdinand Porsche - Genesis Of Genius by Karl Ludvigsen

You know how a lot of marque-specific car books tend to be a bit on the lightweight side? A couple of anecdotes about the designers and then a lot of pretty pictures? Not this monster! » 10/04/09 3:00pm 10/04/09 3:00pm

The Jalopnik Guide To Mid-Mounted Engine Faux Pas

Having been invented three times over three decades, the mid-mounted engine is not an engineering innovation that feels particularly natural to the human eye. Here’s our guide to avoiding faux pas involving mid-engined cars. » 8/21/09 1:30pm 8/21/09 1:30pm