Tuesday, July 30, 2013

DKW & Auto Solutions

South Africa was a major export market for DKW. Thousands of cars were shipped there from the mid 1950s to mid 1960s and many hundreds of DKWs are still on the road. These cars kept on the road by DKW service providers such as DKW and Auto Solutions and an enthusiastic and dedicated DKW club.

These photos of the DKW and Auto Solutions workshop were taken by Brendan Odell on a recent trip to South Africa.

The workshop and numerous cars being serviced

In Australia we can only dream of so many DKWs in one place.

Green DKW

DKW Junior

DKW F91 (early 50s).


DKW schnellaster


DKW Hummels

Piles and piles of body panels

F8 chassis and axles

Gearboxes and crankcases

Chrome and trim

And boxes and boxes of assorted spares

Display engine

DKW and Auto Solutions can be contacted for spares and service via their website http://dkwsa.co.za/

DKW Spare Parts Suppliers and Repairers

Here is a list of links to DKW and IFA spare parts suppliers and repairers:
  1. DKW and Auto Solutions are well known in South Africa for their supply of parts and expertise. http://dkwsa.co.za/ and photos here http://heinkelscooter.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/dkw-auto-solutions.html
  2. Hubert in South Africa has a range of spares for DKWs from the 1930s to 1960s.  http://www.whatsinyourpaddock.com.au/ads/346 and email hubert@worldonline.co.za
  3. Arne Guildernstein of Mobilitaeten in Germany have a very extensive selection of parts for a wide range of DKW vehicles. He also provides servicing and restoration services.  http://www.mobilitaeten.de/
  4. DKW Hesse provides parts for later models from F89 onwards. http://www.dkwhesse.de/
  5. DKW Klose provides a lot of parts for earlier models, such as the F5 and F7, including fully rebuilt and reconditioned engines. http://www.dkwklose.de/
  6. Autokulturgut used to have comprehensive online store with a lot of reproduction rubber and parts. I sourced almost all the rubber parts for my F89P project for them. Klaus Tober retired in 2018 but his daughters have taken over the business and now trade under the name JSC-Carparts https://www.jsc-carparts.de/
  7. Ralf Muller in Germany has a lot of parts available for most post-war DKWs. His email is info.ralf.mueller@t-online.de
  8. DKW Auto is a Dutch based repairer, restorer and supplier http://www.dkwauto.nl/index.html
  9. Kurt Soezen is a UK based parts source with a substantial stock of NOS and re-manufactured DKW parts.  His e-mail is k.soezen@btinternet.com  
  10. Auto Tiele S Baller provides parts and services for IFAs, Barkas and some cross over DKW cars. http://www.autoteile-baller.de/start.htm
  11. Matz Autoteile supplies parts for a range on cars from Borgward, Goliath, NSU and many other interesting machines. http://www.matz-autoteile.de/test/installation/index.php
  12. Framo-Jens supplies Framo, IFA and early DKW parts. http://www.framo-jens.de/index.php?menu=1
  13. Michael Zimmermann supplies IFA F8 and F9 parts. http://www.micha-zimmermann.com/
  14. Medidenta Schramm in Germany supplies a range of parts, especially brakes, electrical parts and accessories. http://www.medidentaschramm.de/index.php
  15. Henri Scholtke sells replacement parts for DKW and IFA vehicles and provides engine repairs, crankshaft machining, cylinder machining, dashboard instrument refurbishments, etc. henri_tmp@gmx.de
  16. Ostmobile-Shop sells DKW and IFA parts. http://www.ostmobile-shop.de/epages/61489198.sf/en_GB/?ViewObjectID=730831
  17. Ost2rad sells IWL, MZ and Simson motorcycle parts. https://www.ost2rad.com/
  18. Oldtimerwelt Dresden sells vehicles and parts https://www.oldtimerwelt-dresden.de/
  19. Holzkarosserie remakes wooden bodywork for pre-war DKWs and other marques http://www.holzkarosserie.de/wordpress/ 
  20. Doepper-Profile supplies rubber and upholstery parts. http://www.doepper-profile.de/
  21. Audi Tradition no longer sell DKW parts online. Some early Audi parts are still available. https://shops.audi.com/de_DE/web/tradition/ersatzteile
  22. Austrian DKW-Club has some spares: www.DKW-Club.at
  23. DKW Geyer supplies parts and advice for DKW motorcycles https://www.dkw-geyer.com/DKW-Geyer/e/store/katalog.htm
  24. Greiner Oldtimerteile supply DKW motorcycle spares https://www.greiner-oldtimerteile.de/ 
  25. This website lists a number of German vendors and restorers. http://www.oldtimer-selbstrestaurieren.de/index.php?menuid=64  
  26. Powerdynamo - electronic ignition systems for DKWs, IFAs, MZs, IWLs and a variety of motorcycles. Excellent service! http://www.powerdynamo.biz/deu/systems/7180/7180main.htm
  27. Dekabras - a Brazilian NOS spare parts and parts re=manufacturer.  They produce tuning products, including disc brake kits - http://www.dekabras.com.br/inicio.php 
  28. DKW Pecas - another Brazilian DKW-Vemag parts and service provider - http://www.dkwpecas.com.br/
  29. Jorge Caviglia in Argentina is a source for parts.  His email is bue917@yahoo.com.ar
  30. Bernardo Konge in Uruguay is a source of parts.  His email is DKW@adinet.com.uy
  31. eBay Kleinanzeigen (small market) is a good source for parts https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-dkw/k0 
  32. And of course, you can always search on German eBay https://www.ebay.de

If you know any other suppliers and repairers, feel free to drop me a line.

Monday, July 29, 2013

1938-41 Motor Kritik automotive review

A cross section of Motor Kritik auto reviews from the years 1938 to 1941

The Adler 2-litre

A medium sized family car built by Adler from 1938 to 1940. 7470 cars were built. A cabriolet, limousine and a sportster were all bodied by Ambi-Budd Karossiere in Berlin. Karmann of Osnabruck also built a sleek, limousine version. http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/lost_marques_adler.htm

BMW 328 2 Litre sports cabriolet

The BMW 2 litre was introduced in 1936 and remained in production until 1940. It enjoyed considerable racing success, in the 1938 Mille Miglia for instance, where BMW 328s came in second, third and fourth in their class and eighth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth overall. After the war the BMW 328 went back into production in East Germany as the EMW 328. In England a version of the car was manufactured as the Fraser-Nash BWM. http://www.supercars.net/cars/160.html

Borgward 2000

Carl Borgward had come along way since the days of the Blitzkarren delivery tricycle of 1924.
 http://heinkelscooter.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/goliath-pionier.html This large 2 litre family car was introduced in 1927 under the name Hansa-Borgward 2000. The Hansa name was dropped in 1939. The following year it was replaced by the larger engined Borgward 2300. http://www.borgward.com/eng/history_eng/geschichte_auto.htm

Mercedes-Benz Type 540K

The spectacular Mercedes-Benz 540K was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1936. The car was a development of the famous SSK roadster. It was powered by a 5.4 litre straight 8 engine that could develop approximately 140 horsepower. The maximum speed was 170 kilometres per hour. http://www.supercars.net/cars/1208.html

Ford Eifel Sportster

Ford also manufactured cars in Germany. The car was manufactured between 1937 and 1942 built on the standard European chassis used by the Ford Prefect in England. Some 62,000 cars were manufactured before production was stopped. http://www.enfostuff.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1215&sid=0a9f57cad388c7795df9ed8772250fe8

Hanomag Rekord-Diesel

Hanomag introduced the Rekord in 1933. It was a small diesel powered family car but was only produced in relatively small numbers. The 1.9 litre was introduced in 1937. http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2012/12/01/hemmings-find-of-the-day-1936-hanomag-rekord-15k/

Horch 951 A

The Horch 951A was introduced simultaneously with the Horch 850. The primary difference between the models was the 951A's double jointed rear axle and longer chassis. The Horch limousines were the pinnacle of Germany luxury vehicles. http://www.dieselpunks.org/profiles/blogs/lord-ks-garage-65-horch-850

Maybach Zeppelin

Maybach were originally an engine manufacturer building engines for Zeppelin. In 1919, with Germany banned from building airships, Maybach turned towards automobile manufacture. In 1928 Maybach introduced the Zeppelin model featuring a 7 litre V 12. In 1930 the engine was upgraded to 8 litres. Maybach cars were so huge and heavy that drivers of the 8 litre model needed to have a truck license. http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z11947/Maybach-SW38.aspx

Opel Kadett

The small family Opel Kadett was Germany's best selling car of the late 1930s. The car was designed by Opel's technical director, Heinrich Nordhoff, who would later go on to head up Volkswagen after the war. The introduction of the Kadett in 1937 raised the ire of Adolf Hitler, as it threatened his Volkswagen project, despite the fact that it was twice the price of the Beetle. The car remained in production until 1940. After the war the Soviets dismantled the Opel factory,plant and designs and shipped it back to the Soviet Union. From 1948 until 1956 the Soviets produced their copy of the Kadett under the name Moskvitch 400. http://www.oldrussiancars.com/moskvitch-400-420/

Opel Olympia

Another small car from the Opel stable. It was named Olympia in honour of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. 168,000 cars were built between 1935 and 1940. http://www.philseed.com/opoly39.html

Stoewer Sedina

The Sedina was one of the last civilian cars built by Stoewer before the war. It was a very popular medium sized family car. http://www.stoewer-museum.de/stoewer/gebrstoewere.htm

Tempo G1200 Gelander

The double engined, four wheel drive, four wheel steering Tempo Gelander was built for an army contract for a tough, cross country car. The army however found the double engine drive confusing and refused to accept it. Tempo instead offered the car for civilian use. Small numbers were purchased for forestry and police services, but most of the 1300 cars built were exported to dozens of countries around the world.

Volkswagen KDF

Government sponsored and sold through a savings plan scheme, the KDF was introduced in 1938. 165,000 subscribed to the scheme but no cars were delivered before the war intervened. http://www.heinkelscooter.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/volkswagen-world-beating-peoples-car.html