Of all pre-war German cars, Maybach was the most powerful, Mercedes-Benz the most impressive and Horch
the most elegant.
Horch & Cie. Motorwagenwerke AG
was founded by August Horch
in 1904. Six years later Horch, who had to leave his first company after a financial conflict, founded another car company, Audi
. In 1932, both companies were incorporated into Auto Union
together with DKW and Wanderer. The famous "four rings" Audi emblem is a symbol of four car brands, DKW being the most affordable and Horch the most luxurious and expensive.
In 1935, the Model 850
was introduced, powered by 4,994 cc 100 hp straight-eight engine. Soon other versions, with slightly different designations, hit the market. Horch 853, 855, 950 and 951 - they all were just variants of the basic 850 design.
To become a happy owner of this Horch you had to pay a princely sum, 15-18 thousand Reichsmark ($6-7K). But the car was worth every penny... er, Pfennig. Just take a look...
1935 Horch 851 Pullmann Limousine:
1935 Horch 853 Sedan Cabriolet:
1936 Horch 853 Coupe by Glaser:
1936 Horch 853A Cabriolet:
1936 Horch 951 Sedan Cabriolet:
1937 Horch 853 Sportcabriolet:
1937 Horch 951 Cabriolet:
1937 Horch 853A Voll & Ruhrbeck Spezial Cabriolet:
1937 Horch 853A:
1938 Horch 853 Erdmann & Rossi Sport Coupe:
1938 Horch 854:
1938 Horch 855 Spezialroadster:
1939 Horch 853 Stromlinien Coupe:
1940 Horch 853A Edmann & Rossi Sportroadster Recreation:
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