Final time, in Half I of this DKW wagon’s saga, we coated a condensed historical past of the Audi marque. From its inception as Horch, by means of separation, renaming, and merger into the Auto Union fold, Audi wavered alongside unsteadily. The firm even carried out a vanishing act between 1940 and 1964.
In the midst of all this historical past is our Rare Experience, a tidy DKW wagon from 1962. However all shouldn’t be because it appears.
You see, one thing didn’t sit proper between the historic timelines introduced on-line and the mannequin yr of this DKW. By way of some research, I found the mannequin-much less wagon within the advert was truly a DKW three=6 “Common,” the identify of the three-door wagon variant. However the entrance finish appeared just a little odd, and it turned out that manufacturing of the three=6 led to 1959. So what provides with this 1962 mannequin — an uninformed vendor, maybe?
Not fairly. This photo betrayed one key element of this DKW: “Vemag S.A.” These two letters stand for “Sociedade Anónima,” a type of company in Brazil. Vemag produced licensed DKW automobiles with slight modifications in Brazil, between 1956 and 1967. The manufacturing unit in Brazil made a number of fashions, which beneath have been variations of the three=6. Manufacturing of the F94 model of the three=6 started in 1958, with sedan and wagon variants. Although initially the fashions retained their DKW nomenclature, Vemag renamed them Belcar and Vemaguet in sedan and wagon variations, respectively.
Vemag additionally produced a fiberglass-bodied sports activities car referred to as the GT Malzoni, which might be the inspiration for Brazilian sports activities car producer Puma (nonetheless going at this time in South Africa).
Seems what we even have here’s a Vemag S.A. produced DKW Vemaguet. The South American market was the final place you might purchase a brand new DKW, as Volkswagen wound down the Brazilian operation in 1967. And so concludes the story of DKW branded automobiles — an extended story for this little German/South American wagon.
It’s yours for slightly below $24,000.
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– Rare Rides: The DKW Wagon From 1962 – Deceptive Geography (Half II) –
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