Car Catcher: When’s the Last Time You Saw an Auto Union 1000 SP?

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As unusual as it might be nowadays to spot an Auto Union 1000 SP, it’s the coupe’s unique powerplant that takes the cake: a three-cylinder, two-stroke engine said to be good for a little over 50 horsepower. Gear changes are handled by a four-speed manual transmission.

Only about 5000 examples were ever built, making this 1959 Auto Union 1000 SP somewhat rare.

This red-and-black SP with a matching interior is reported to be one of a “very limited number delivered to the United States” and was previously owned by a club president who resided in California.

The seller says that the mechanicals of the Auto Union were “rebuilt by a marque expert” sometime in 2006. In 2019, the car won a few awards, including best in show at the Legends of the Autobahn in Monterey.

Find this 1959 Auto Union 1000 SP available through RM Sotheby’s upcoming Handle with Fun auction. Expected selling price is $20,000-$30,000.

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crankwalk (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
5/5/21 6:46 p.m.

If somebody rolled up in one of these and parked beside an R8 at a car show, nobody would even glance at the R8.  Little car, big (little) fins for the era.....Outstanding. 

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