Find of the Day: 1961 DKW 1000 Universal

words: Bill, photos: AutoScout24

I’ll admit…I’m no historian when it comes to Audi history. Sure, I know about Auto Union, Wanderer, Audi, Horch, NSU, and DKW. In 1932, DKW merged with Audi, Horch, and Wanderer to form Auto Union. After World War Two, Auto Union (based in Saxony) found itself in East Germany. In 1949, it was reformed in West Germany as Auto Union GmbH. In 1957, Auto Union was under the Daimler-Benz umbrella and then was purchased by the Volkswagen Group in 1964. The last German built DKW was the F102 which was produced from 1963-1966.

This is a 1961 DKW 1000 Universal, a 3 door estate (wagon) that was produced between 1959 and 1962. We’ve featured a couple of DKWs as Finds of the Day before like this 1964 Auto Union DKW F89 pickup and this 1962 DKW Munga, the grandfather of the modern quattro all-wheel drive system. Here’s the ad (translated from German):

A DKW 1000 Universal with air suspension is being sold.

The engine does not run because a Wartburg engine is installed that is not compatible with the transmission. 2 original blocks with many sharing to it. Frames have been sandblasted and repainted, new tires.

Was only used as a show car.

Papers do not match the chassis number, but can be used for typing.

So it doesn’t run, it’s a little rusty, papers don’t match but still…there’s something about a DKW Universal. Imagine a 1.8T swap or even dreaming bigger, a 2.5 TT RS swap? Maybe not…the torque would probably rip the 60 year old chassis in half. I don’t know how many were made but I do know that they were manufactured in Argentina up to 1970. Maybe you can find one in better shape with better paperwork or you can buy this one for €7,500 ($8,440USD) HERE.