A little-known Streamline Saga chapter is the story of this little German car:
It was introduced by DKW in 1934 - several months later than the Chrysler Airflow. And, just as its American contemporary, it wasn't a great success. By the way, the very name of the make is true steampunk: DKW stands for Dampfkraftwagen, i.e. Steam Automobile. Same letters stand for Des Knaben Wunsch (The Boys' Dream) and Das Kleine Wunder (Little Wonder) - brand names of small two-stroke engines developed by the company in 1910s.
In 1930s, DKW, being a part of Auto Union Group, had two automobile plants. One, in Zwickau, produced front-wheel-drive cars with transverse mounted two-stroke engine. The other, in Berlin-Spandau, specialized in larger classic layout vehicles, powered by a V-4 two-stroke motor. Since 1928, these vehicles were marketed as 4=8, meaning their engine was equal to conventional 8-cylinder (the same gimmick was used by DKW after the war with their 3=6, a development of the prewar F9 model). New subclasses appeared: in 1933, the Sonderclasse 1001 with a swing rear axle, and the next year, the Schwebeclasse (Swing Class) with two swing axles and streamline bodywork:
For 1936 model year, the Schwebeklasse was revamped, receiving new 1054 cc engine (32 hp). Here's an article and specs from a German magazine (via Old Car Manual project):
This car had an interesting cousin. One year before it entered production, DKW built a rear-engine prototype based on the Front model (with reversed layout). In 1934, Gerhard Macher, an owner of DKW concession in Berlin, ordered a special coupe for Rallye Monte-Carlo. This coupe, labeled "GM Spezial", had the rear part of the prototype and the front part with another engine, making it a bi-motor 4WD!
Macher's car was capable of speeds up to 125-130 km/h (info: forum-auto.com).
Headline picture: by stkone @ Flickr