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Autostadt Museum
In the city of Wolfsburg where the main factory of Volkswagen is situated one has in an area eastof the well-known smokestacks, built an museum area named Autostadt. Here you will not only see Volkswagen but also the evolution of car history. In Wolfsburg there is also a separate museum connected only to the car marks of Volkswagen such as Horch, Volkswagen, DKW, Wanderer and other Auto Union marks. Also other by VW manufactured vehicles of war. See more if you follow these links
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This is the place in front of the factory´s of Volkswagen. What we see is office and delivery garage. Note also the 2 round parking garages. Behind the famous smokestacks (today they are not in use). See picture 2. To this place every happy german inhabitant comes to take delivery. It is supposed to be a privilege. Only the written owner may come in to get his dream. Mother and children must be patient and wait outside. First stop will be a petrol station. To the left the entrance of Autostadt. See picture 3.
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This is the 4 fantastics smokestaks built along with the original factory. They were used for the heating and electric power delivery. Today not in use. They survived 4 years of bombing but of course the factory was badly hurt.

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It is also called Autozeit refering back to the development story of cars. An impressing hall high up to the roof like a cathedral, here you got to register and pay a symbolic sum of entrance fee. Then we were inside. I can understand VW has made money. I must tell you more. The whole area is an amazing park with water playing on several places and different exhibition pavilions. The first one you are coming into is the main one. Autozeit. When you enter there the first you see to the right is an wonderful Bugatti W18, but also a very nice Thai-girl exemplary dressed with a small nice handbag. She had a smile that was not of this world which I couldn´t resist. Think what you like, she tried to show us the way to the escalator. To get everything right we are supposed to start at the fifth floor. The visitors have to follow "time" down the stairs. Well after some decision problem we choosed the escalator.

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Safe up on the topmost floor, we start with what every museum of first class have. A copy of Benz first car. My picture shows the engine with balance wheel. Very my much can be said about it. For ex. it became a 3 wheeler because Benz couldn´t solve the problem with steering. He did it on his next model. The system with king pin which use camber and caster angels. Benz got patent on this and his fortune was made, because his main competitor Daimler couldn´t do the same, some years ahead. You can see the original 3-wheeler in Deutsche Museum München. Look also at Ladenburg museum where I have a video.
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2-cyl V2, watercold, 1005 cc, 7 ps, 40 km/h. Klement & Laurin started to build cycles 1895. After that motorcycles with those he won several competions. Now he started to produce cars 1905. 1925 they merged their company with Skoda.
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Horch 2 cyl. watercold, 2500 cc, 10/12 ps, 50 km/h. 10 were build. This ex. was the second model for Horch. Earlier he had been an employe as a technican at Benz but left 1899. He opened his own 1906. Trouble was in his board and Horch retired and started Audi. This firm is the base for Audi today in Ingolstadt. It is situated 100 km north München. 1956 came the last Horch on the market. It was from east German firm, but it had to be sold under the name of Sachsenring. A good thing to know about Horch. Audi is the latin for sound. That you know but the word horch means the same.
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Prototype V3 1936. 4-cyl boxer, 985 cc, 23.5 ps 3000 rpm, max 100 km/h. Ferd. Porsche who before 1936 constructed prototypes for Mercedes Benz, Zündapp (5-cyl star enginge) och NSU, in his try to create a small car dedicated to the people. No one of these had the money for this. Yet NSU build a prototype (see pic). He send a memoranda to Hitler and got this job 1934. He had promised to produced 3 cars at his office in Stuttgart.1937 Mercedes produced another 30 cars. On this exhibition you can see a drawing how they were thought this car should look like.
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It had 1-cyl 2 stroke engine. From the first cars there is no one left. This ex is a replika. Compare the NSU-prototype front as you can see in this pic-serie. No cars was sold to people before war. After the war the English took over and succeeded after several difficulties to start production 1949 the Germen got the factory back and after 19 million produced cars this model was cancelled 1975.
Origin VW seen from back. Look also under Porsche a picture from Stuttgart outside Porsche´s villa.

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Another tale (true?) is that Nuvolari was the only one that really could handle the car. The truth is that Bernd Rosemayer and Hans Stuck were the permier drivers.

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 Auto Union type C 1936.This race car type is designed by Ferd. Porsche 1933-34 and produced by the free mark of AutoUnion (not yet purchased). Porsche had his hands on just for the first model, then he got jobb from Hitler for the VW. There was models from 1934 to 1939. With a 6000 cc engine and 520 ps, mounted in front of rear axle this car won several competitions in struggle with Mercedes "Silberne Pfeils". Drivers was among others Varzi, Stuck and Rosemayer. Don´t forget Nuvolari. About these car you can read as much as you like. One history is that someone found an engine in east Germany and smuggled it to the West and later to England. The history is true but the ways differ. This car is a replica and rebuild from scratch in England (even the engine?). I am not sure of this today 2009 because of new webbsites about the cars found ind Russia. Anyway all Auto Unions are rebuilt by Dick Crosthwaite and John Gardiner in Buxted England.

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 Bugatti Atlantic SC 57 1937. Totally there were 750 Bugatti built of the 57 serie chassi between 1934 and 1940. Of this one 3 were produced. Atlantic SC stand S for short chassi and C for compressor. It was coupled to a 3257 cc engine with double overhead cams. The motor gave 200 ps at 5500 rpm. Note how Bugatti solved the production of the body. Two parts rivet together. Smart! One copy was made in magnesium. This car can be seen in a museum in USA. Later research by Aros members have shown that this car is an Atlantic copy built on frame no. 8. This reality has VW missed when they bought this car. This information is not shown beside the car. Note that the next picture is the same car.

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This was one of the 2 cars that almost took our eyes from the guide at the moving staircase. It was this Atlantic and an EB18.  Here you see the Atlantic car from behind.

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 A try to photo the drivers place. Sorry but my camera has difficulties to decide its focus. Drivers seat had no adjustments and I got the impression that the long steering wheel column need a very tall and welltrained person to be able to handle this with its mechanical brakes. You must push the pedal hard.

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Bentley 3,7 1935.According their victories at LeMans Bentley had a high respected name. 1931 RollsRoyce bought Bentley for 125575 £. VW bought Bugatti and Bentley 1965. This Bentley with custom body was ordered by Sir Roy Fedder. He was a designer at Bristol Motors. The chassi was produced in 1177 ex.

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DKW F1 1931. Front drive 2 cyl 2 stroke, watercold 585 cc, 15 ps och max 80 km/h.

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 Uppskuren motor V6 bild.
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 Uppskuren motor V6.
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 VW EA prototype. 1953 VW started development of a small 4-place car which should cost 2000 DM. This car had front drive 2-cyl boxer, 700 cc, 18 ps, 80 km/h. VW stopped at this level. Perhaps they sold the concept to BMW who produced BMW 700.
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 Bugatti EB 218 Genser Saloon 1999. When VW bought Bugatti name they promised to start producing Bugatti luxury cars in Mohlsheim, France. This is the result. Any serial production we have not yet seen. Only some of these luxy and sporty cars. Look at Auto Saloon Singen. VW constructed a W18 cyl engine on 3x6 banks.
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Full view.
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 They had no printed paper on this car, but the gard girl, Thai, had this remembering paper in her hand bag.
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 Full view.
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  Bentley V12.The Zeithaus area consist of several pavillions. Among them Lamborghini and Bentley. Here a picture from Bentley. When you had seen the main pavillion you were rather tired and couldn´t appreciate the others.
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 This prototype build by NSU include almost all features that the later VW got. Engine, wheel uprights and front. It had 1470 cc aircold rear engine, 28 ps, 100 km/h. It is very like VW V3. Sorry but NSU put their money on motorcycles instead. This car was driven by a NSU employee until 1956.
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 Cadillac Eldorado 1959. A car model that absolutely belongs to the development story of cars. First of all out of design view.
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 This car is a standard VW. It was ordered by a wealthy lawyer in Bad Neuheim. The standard VW was rebuild by Stoll Coachwork 1951. The car had many owners before it was renovated by an enthusiast in England. Later sold 1955 to Stiftung Volkswagen.
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 Skoda Superb 924.6 cyl., 3137 cc, 85 ps, 125 km/h. Top of the list in Czecoslovakai. Compare AUDI 922. Manufacturing ceased 1949.
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Referens 3: ©Auto-Salon-Singen www.auto-salon-singen.de/
Referens 4: ©Sinsheim Auto Museum www.museum-sinsheim.de
Referens 5: ©Classsiccar Collection www.carclassic.com
Referens 6: ©Mercedes Benz www.mercedes-benz.se
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