Among all the German luxury car manufacturers, Audi is one of the most popular and stands somewhat apart. The company was officially founded on April 25, 1910, but its roots go back to 1899, when August Horch started his business. After he had a disagreement with his partner, “Augusta” changed its name to “Audi Automobilwerke GmbH Zwickau”. In the same year, the first car was released under a new name – “Audi Type A”. In the decades that followed, the Audi brand became synonymous with high quality and technological excellence.
Horch 26/65, 1907
This car was produced at a time when Audi was still called A. Horch & Cie. The model brought with it a significant novelty: a six-cylinder engine. Mid-size modern cars usually have just that, for which Audi is to be thanked, which strived at all times to develop the most modern technologies. Today, the cost of the 1907 car at auction will hardly be less than $ 1 million.
Hitting the road in 1938, the Audi D-Type had a 550-horsepower 12-cylinder engine and suspension that allowed it to ride smoother than its competitors. It is believed that this project was supported by Hitler. Be that as it may, it is still a beautiful car, and at an auction in 2009 one of the copies was sold for 6 million dollars.
The DKW Monza set five world records in 1956. The fiberglass-reinforced polyester body made the car incredibly light, giving it the added edge of making it a history piece in the automotive industry. It’s incredibly hard to find this car in good condition these days, and even parts from it sell for thousands of dollars at auction.
Quattro (1980 – 1991)
For many connoisseurs of cars, classic Audi cars are associated primarily with this model. It embodies everything that this brand is so proud of: a turbocharged engine, a sporty look, all the most modern technologies at the time of the appearance of the car. The car was loved not only for its excellent qualities, but also for the fact that it was an incredible pleasure to drive it. The first generation Quattro is still sold and bought, despite the fact that its production ceased twenty years ago. This alone proves how successful the design of the car was and how well it was made.
RS2 Avant, 1994
The Audi RS2 Avant is an estate car designed to be fast. Very fast. Its maximum speed is 262 kilometers, and it accelerates to one hundred kilometers per hour in less than five seconds. It is still highly regarded by enthusiasts and car lovers.