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Auto Union Die Cast Models 1:18

Auto Union

Auto Union was formed in 1932 by the merger of: Horch, Audi, DKW, Wanderer. Civilian production was interrupted in May 1940. After this, the company produced exclusively for military purposes durindg World War II.

Auto Union is best known for its racing team (Auto Union Rennabteilung, based in Zwickau). The cars used supercharged engines eventually producing almost 550 horsepower, designed to provide optimum torque at low engine speeds.The power levels of the unlimited 1937 models were only equalled in the early 1980s by turbocharged Formula One Grand Prix cars. Between 1935 and 1937, Auto Union cars won 25 races.

Postwar, the Saxonian plants of Auto Union were located in the Soviet-occupied zone of Communist East Germany. In 1945 the factories were dismantled as war reparations. The remains of the Audi plant of Zwickau became the VEB Automobilwerk Zwickau (Automobile Factory Zwickau).

In 1964, Volkswagen acquired the factory in Ingolstadt and the trademark rights of the Auto Union. After being merged with Neckarsulm car maker NSU Motorenwerke AG the official name was "Audi NSU Auto-Union AG", which was simply shortened to "Audi AG" in 1985, ending Auto Union.

The four overlapping rings of the logo represent the four marques of Auto Union. The first ring represents Audi, the second represents DKW, third is Horch, and the fourth and last ring Wanderer.
1938 - Type D
1936 - Type C
1935 - Type B
1934 - Type A