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KdF-Wagen aka the Beetle was the people's car. For people of means, German engineers developed less spartan, more powerful cars.

The best example is the Adler Typ 10, dubbed Autobahn or Stromform (Streamshape). It was presented at Berlin Car Show in early 1937 and pressed into production in November. A classic rear-wheel four-door sedan was powered by a 58hp 2494 cc. 6-cylinder engine and fitted with a US-developed steering gear, licence-produced in Germany by ZF. Jaray-inspired streamline body was designed by Adler technical director Karl Jenschke, a former Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG employee who previously designed the first Austrian streamline car, the Steyr Baby.

The 4-door sedan bodies (Limousine, according to German classification) were built by Ambi-Budd Presswerke in Berlin. For 1938 and 1939 model years a Sportlimousine, i.e. two-door sports sedan, was available, bodied by Buhne (Berlin), with an engine tuned up to 80hp allowing for a top speed of 150 km/h:
Photo by Davydutchy @ Flickr

Along with sedans ywo-door cabriolets were offered, bodies supplied by Karmann (Osnabrück):

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Comment by Wayne D on January 13, 2012 at 4:28pm

Interesting to note that a few of these cars pictured above (in particular the last two pictures, the one with the yellow front plate and the one with the "16" on the front) have much later VW Beetle headlights! That said, if you're going to the trouble of keeping something like this on the road it makes sense to use easily replacable headlights.

Comment by Andrew V. No on January 4, 2012 at 2:26pm

This car is similar to VW Beetle and the same time to Citroёn C2.

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