Find of the Day: 1963 Auto Union 1000SP Coupe…The German Thunderbird

words: Bill, photos: Stehling Automobile

It’s been said the Auto Union 1000SP Coupe was inspired by the Ford Thunderbird and there’s no argument from me. From grille to taillights, it’s a mini 1955 T-Bird. First shown at the 1957 Frankfurt Motor Show, the coupe was in production from 1958 to 1965 (there was a roadster version produced from 1961-1965). Over 6,500 coupes and roadsters were eventually built. But while the Thunderbird was powered by a 193hp V8, the 1000SP had a paltry 55hp two-stroke 3-cylinder (50 coupes were built with a two-stroke V6 in 1959).

Nevertheless, it has to be a fun little car to drive to the local concours and a pretty rare sight in the States. Here’s the ad (translated from German):

SLIDING ROOF ELECTRIC Very nice and rare specimen from a lover’s hand. The vehicle was extensively restored about 10 years ago.Image documentation available.


That’s it. If you want to contact the dealer, head over to their website but I warn you…it looks like a GeoCities website that hasn’t been updated since the 1990s.

This 77,000km (47,850 miles) example can be yours for €42,500 ($47,200USD). There probably won’t be another one at your favorite concours. You can find it HERE