• Nov 26, 2009
The search for the last Horch -- Click above to watch video

You have August Horch to thank for Audi. A former engineer for Karl Benz, Horch started the second oldest company of the original four companies that merged to form Auto Union (the first was Wanderer). But it was Horch whose name, translated into Latin, became "Audi."

The last Horch was built in Ingolstadt in 1953, and Audi wanted to find it. They put their vintage car locator, Ralph Hornung, on the case and he ended up in a field in West Texas. Follow the jump to view a video explaining the search and how the once mighty V8 found its way to a lonely Lone Star pasture. And on a side note, Hornung has a most awesome job... Thanks for the tip, Alex!

[Source: Audi TV via YouTube]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      How old are the tires? I would think they would have decayed by now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      so lemme get this straight.
      the texan realizes in the early 80s that the car is a one-of-a-kind, probably worth alot both in monetary value and in historic value, and then proceeds to let it sit in his back yard rusting and rotting away?

      sorry but that guy's just an idiot if you ask me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just because it's one-of-a-kind doesn't mean it's good. The world could be left with only one '92 Ford Escort but it wouldn't be worth anything 40 years from now.

        And if you haven't noticed, he's in the middle of nowhere. Probably a cattle herder. Do you think he has a garage handy?
      • 5 Years Ago
      hornung's even wore wranglers for his trip to texas
        • 5 Years Ago
        the Germans are big fans of the Wild West, they like to make it theatrical :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not an Audi fan but this is really cool. I love older cars(mostly American) and the history. There used to be a passion about cars and a lot of detail that just is not in todays cars. Glad the car was preserved and is making its way back home. Be waiting to see the before and after pics once it is restored!.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i thought everyone is cuttin their budget cuz of economy.. guess not xD

      wow.. didnt know abt auto union either. good info i guess?
      • 5 Years Ago
      they called him Hornung... Ralph Hornung... he was a car detective... they should make a movie :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Damn... That´s the job I want for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wasn't this story posted here months ago?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're prob right. I saw this story on TV last year! This is not new news.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How much did Audi pay the Texan for the car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool. This is the kind of detective job I wish I had.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Didn't this happen a long time ago? It was in last years Audi Magazine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What an incredible movie, especially given the Western flavor all through it. Whoever filmed this really placed the car where it was, instead of making another humorless find a car movie.

      As far as Al Wilson, there are Al Wilsons all over the world, and might be as close as your local Pick-A-Part yard, or as wild as Leno's Garage. Texas has more than it's share, because the heat and dry air tend to preserve the cars better than in more humid climates. We owe Al Wilson, and his contemporaries, for preserving some history, and I hope he gets to Germany to see the restored car.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The video producer spent too much time watching old westerns as a kid, but other than that a neat story. But I'm really curious about guys like Wilson who buy up old cars simply to let them molder in a field. What's the motivation?

      This link has been floating around for a while but for those who haven't seen it view and weep. http://www.geenstijl.nl/mt/archieven/2008/01/foto_oude_klassieke_autos_wat.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        If it's any condolence, it's a fake.
        • 5 Years Ago
        dude , that's just cruel , how can you post such a link ? think about the children !
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