DKW GM Spezial 1936 Red by Autocult
Home-made Rally Car
In the mid-1930s, engineer Gehardt Macher from Berlin
complained that DKW cars always had to start in the 1.5-litre class when
participating in international race events, even though the standard engines
had a displacement of only 692cc. In order to even out this deficit, he designed
a car that used two engines for the drive and thus reached at least a total
displacement of 1,384cc.
For the chassis the Berlin engineer went for the standard
substructure of a DKW ‘Master Class’. He modified the the chassis at the rear
axle for the mounting of the second engine, while the first engine remained at
its original place at the front. The installation of the second engine was
implemented by turning the cylinder block and with the therefore necessary
modifications of the starter and the alternator. The transmission, the gearbox,
and the accelerator cable drove both engines simultaneously. Gerhardt Macher certified
a top speed of 125 km/h and a fuel consumption of 12 litre per 100 kilometer of
travel distance for his car. For the four-wheel drive, the clever Berlin engineer
simply replaced the rear axle by an driven front axle. In order to provide the
needed cooling for the additional rear engine, small, protruding air inlets
were installed at each side of the car directly behind the front doors of the car.
These were just as aesthetically designed as the entire car body. Gerhardt
Macher specifically implemented his idea of an up-to date streamlined car. He
payed great attention to a good view and therefore came up with a windshield
which was arched and dragged into the roof. Astonishingly, he made it from the
then very unusual, flexible material Plexiglas.
The elegantly curved letters ‘GM’ – his initials – at the radiator
grille of the car were the only marking which pointed to its designer.
|Description: ||DKW GM Spezial 1936 Red |
|Catalogue#: ||ATC05032 |
|Product Type: ||Resincast |
|Scale: ||1:43 |
|Event: ||Road |
|Colour: ||Red |
|Drivers: ||- |
|Sponsors: ||- |
|Dates: ||1936 |
|Race/Position: ||- |
|Release Date: ||October 2021 |
|Weight: ||450 grams |
|Comments: ||Limited edition of 333 pieces |
A relatively new maker of very well finished resincast models, established in 2015. Very imaginative choice of subjects, often concentrating on the more eccentric episodes in motoring history! Production limited to 333 pieces of each subject, which often means that we get one delivery and that is it, so pre-orders strongly recommended!! Made in China for Germany.