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Technical Highlights

Two-stroke Engine

For many decades the DKW name was synonymous with two-stroke engined cars and motorcycles. These made a major contribution towards giving broader sections of the population access to personal transport in the Germany of the 1920s to 1950s. The picture shows a twin-cylinder two-stroke engine (700 cc, 20 bhp) for the DKW F 2 Meisterklasse of 1933.
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DKW ZL Motorcycle

The second DKW motorcycle model, dating from 1923/24, was the “Zschopauer Leichtmotorrad” (Light Motorcycle from Zschopau).

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DKW PS 600

One of the first DKW cars was the small sports car that appeared in 1929 and was driven by a twin-cylinder, two-stroke engine (600 cc, 18 hp).

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DKW F8 Front-Luxus

The DKW Front-Luxus convertibles were among the most popular German cars of the 1930s, not least on account of their sturdy twin-cylinder, two-stroke engines (700 cc, 20 hp).

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DKW Junior

The small DKW with the big luggage compartment. The DKW Junior (three-cylinder two-stroke engine, 741 cc, 34 bhp) appeared in 1959.

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Auto Union 1000 S

In the autumn of 1957 the first DKW with a 1000 cc engine was introduced: the Auto Union 1000. This is the final version of this model, as produced in 1962.

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AU 1000 Sp Coupé

This sports two-seater with American-influenced styling was built in Ingolstadt from 1958 to 1965. It has a three-cylinder, two-stroke engine (980 cc, 55 bhp).