• Dec 2nd 2006 at 4:16PM
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One of two remaining Auto Union D-Types is scheduled to be sold in Paris by Christie's this coming February. The shiny silver streamliners were commisioned by Adolf Hitler to showcase the technological superiority of the Reich. Even now, they're impressive and cleverly engineered using a mid-engine layout with fully independent suspensions and supercharged engines. Considering that these cars were designed and built in the 1930s, they're absolutely insane. Uber designer Ferdinand Porsche developed the Auto Union racers and they showcase some common Porsche touches, like swing axle rear suspensions and torsion bars. Piloted by drivers like Hans Stuck and Tazio Nuvolari, the big streamliners racked up many victories in various hill-climb and Grand Prix competitions. Nearly all D-Types were casualties of World War II. This 1939 racer was discovered disassembled in Russia, where it had been taken for reverse-engineering. It was reassembled and is expected to top the current most expensive car record-holder, an 1$11 million Bugatti.

[Source: Ananova.com]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      About the Nazi funding:
      As far as I know, the Nazi regime gave Auto Union and Mercedes some funding, but their racing budget was still at least 5 times higher than what the government gave them.
      If it wasn't for great engineers like Porsche or Uhlenhaut these masterpieces would have never existed. It was their vision that created those revolutionary cars (just look at their 1930's competition to see how revolutionary they were), not Hutlers funding.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm glad the focus seems to be on the car's performance and on Nuvolari's driving. I really have no idea why you would have titled this to make it seem to be in some way about Hitler.
      David Millstein
      • 8 Years Ago
      Given the well known history of the Nazi regime, you just got to be careful with this thing when you step on the gas.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Insanity. Can you say "opposite lock"? Brass ones. Nuvolari could whip Chuck Heston with one arm tied behind his back.
      • 8 Years Ago
      oops survivors!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Awesome car for it's day! I'd buy it if I could afford to as a toy "Collectors Item." This may be the next car in Jay Leno's collection.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Precisely, Tiago.

      National Socialist Germany's atrocities notwithstanding, the Auto Union racers are an amazing feat of engineering for their timeline.

      It's Audi's racing heritage, and a lot of famous drivers became famous in these cars.
      J. B. Peyrot
      • 8 Years Ago
      The tires shown in the picture did not look like the original skinny ones I seem to remember used at the time. The prewar size may no longer be available. Comments #4 and #8 seemed to be based on the same idea.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw a 1953 D-Type Prototype Jaguar the other day...It was the only one in existance....Looks kinda like this one, but seats 2. It is supposed to go to auction here sometime....They said it should fetch over a mil. Pretty sweet.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey, Autoblog...ban the spammer with the interstateautoauction link, Auctionmarty. He's been in a bunch of posts today.

      He's worse than Karesh with his spam posts.
      • 8 Years Ago
      $11 MILLION?? WOW! DAMN!

      • 8 Years Ago
      Gentelmen, I believe the history of this car and other vehicles designed and built by Dr. Porsche, are to be found in many outstanding publications. Books such as "Excellence was Expected", can illustrate the man, the cars and the times that existed in that very progressive era in industrial design, which Ferdinand Porsche was at the leading edge of in every respect. Adolph Hitler, on the other hand, was a visionary. He wanted his country to be at the fore-front of everything in the industrial revolution. His idea of a "Peoples Car", and Dr. Porsche's vision to build such a car, was the basis for thier relationship. Dr. Porsche was not a politician. Basically, Dr. Porsche just wanted to buid cars, and other machinery, and Hitler's Third Reich provided the funding for such design bureau's including Auto-Union. But, Adolph Hitler was also, a tyrant, a psychopathic dictator, and a man with some definite twisted ideas. Please don't think that I'm defending him. He did have some good ideas and visions, but just as many if not more, bad ones. Please discuss the cars in this blog, not your political views. Thanks.
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