Auto Union 1000 Roadster

The Auto Union (DKW) 1000Sp coupe was joined by a roadster version in 1961. The 1000Sp wasn't only pretty on the exterior, it had an interior to match. The interior was well finished with a variety of chrome accents, an almost monumental steering wheel in ivory or black colored plastic, elaborate dials and switches, full carpetting and adjustable front seats. A small rear bench was included as well, but could only be occupied by very small children.

The 1000Sp roadster was equally as expensive as the coupe. It may have been an extravagant price for a small car with such humble origins, but if you look at the detailing and finishing of this car its quite clear that it couldn't have been a cheap car to produce. Not only the price of the roadster was similar to that of the coupe, also the technology underneath was identical. It had the same measurements and only weighed 30 kg less. Top speed was also 140 kph.

To invoke a more upper class association the DKW name was temporarily substituted by Auto Union in 1958. This only applied to the 1000 cc models and with the end of this range of models in 1965 also the Auto Union name disappeared for good.

A nice aesthetic touch of the 1000Sp roadster was that its hood completely folded away into the bodywork. This way the crisp-cut lines of the model weren't spoiled by a lump of fabric sitting on top of the rear deck.

During the lifespan of the 1000Sp only small changes and improvements were made. Most noticeable were the introduction of an automatic oil pump for mixing the fuel for the 2-stroke engine in 1961 and front disc brakes in 1963. The bodywork of all 1000Sp models was produced by Baur in Stuttgart. The cars were assembled in the DKW factory in Ingolstadt.

The end for both the 1000Sp coupe and roadster came in April 1965. Only 1640 roadsters were sold, which now makes it the most valuable classic of them both. The 1000 cc models were replaced by the DKW F102 in 1964, which was to be the last DKW model. DKW had been bought by Volkswagen from Daimler-Benz in 1965. Volkswagen immediately fitted the F102 with a Daimler-Benz designed 4-cylinder 4-stroke engine and named it the Audi, another brand from the rich Auto Union history. The 2-stroke DKW F102 was taken out of production in spring 1966 and Audi went on to become Volkswagens premium brand it is today, built on the foundation laid by DKW.

This 1000Sp was imported to the Netherlands in 1981. The first Dutch owner restored the car and changed the green color in white, a very nice combination with the red interior. In 2009 the second Dutch owner bought the car and didn’t used the 1000Sp very often. The car has Dutch MoT till August 2016.

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Technical data

Auto Union 1000 SP Roadster
3 cylinder inline, 2 stroke
980 cc
Bore x stroke
2,91 x 2,99 in
55 hp at 4.500 rpm
Top speed
87 mph
164,2 x 66,1 x 52,6 in
1.896 lbs
92,5 in
Price new
ca. 10.750 DM
Josef Dienst

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