This Old German Jeep Is The Grandfather Of Audi's Legendary Quattro

A few days ago I came across a car I'd never heard of before: The DKW Munga. Little did I realize it was the grandfather of those all-conquering Group B Rally Audi Quattros. You read that right. » 12/18/13 1:40pm 12/18/13 1:40pm

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

All Hail The Frankenschmitt!

It's one thing to customize your mass-produced ride for which there are thousands of parts available. It's quite another to breathe life into someone else's insanity, like mating two rare post-war German microcars. Here's the story of the Frankenschmitt. » 12/16/10 4:30pm 12/16/10 4:30pm

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

Project Car Hell: Fairlady or DKW?

Last week, we learned that 63% of you prefer eternity with a basket-case American kit car to eternity with a rattletrap French beach car. What lessons to be learned from that remain unclear, but what is clear is that today's Classic Ad Watch post dictates that we include a DKW in today's Choose Your Eternity… » 11/12/07 6:00pm 11/12/07 6:00pm

Dampf Kraft Wagen!

Here's a jazzy ad for the mid-60s DKW F102, the car that evolved into the very first modern Audi (initially, DKW chose the old Audi name for their new four-stroke-powered F102, and the model became the marque soon after; here's an article with more info). It's sad that DKW ditched their old name; we can't help but… » 11/12/07 10:30am 11/12/07 10:30am

1970 Puma GT

Our commenter friend WhatWouldJesseDo lives just a few blocks from me, so I see his stable of Jalopnik-approved machinery on a regular basis. First we saw his '66 Datsun 411, followed by the '61 Mini, and now he's got the 1970 Puma GT you see here.
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DKW do Brasil!



From 1957 to 1967, Vemag produced DKW cars in Brazil. In racing trim, they made awesome two-stroke noise, much like contemporary Saabs. Which, of course, makes sense, since the two-cycle Saab motors were based on a DKW design. Big noise, low speeds. Auto Union heritage! We so need one of these. And we'll totally… » 7/16/07 7:00pm 7/16/07 7:00pm

It's the DKW F800!

Predecessor to the modern minivan, the DKW F800 was woefully underpowered (20hp! Upgraded through the addition of another cylinder to 32!), featured a flat load-floor due to its front-drive configuration, and was built from 1949 to 1962. We'll take ours mid-engined and RWD'd, thanks. An Audi R8 drivetrain seems as if… » 2/22/07 8:45pm 2/22/07 8:45pm

The Audi Munga, You Just Gotta Have One

Long before there was an R8, there was a Munga. Back in the 1950s, Audi (as DKW) created the Mehrzweck Universal Gelandewagen mit Allrad Antrieb (gezundheit), a go-anywhere utility vehicle for Germany's armed forces. Early models had a 40 hp, 900cc engine, though the one in this spoof commercial is likely from the… » 10/12/06 8:42am 10/12/06 8:42am