Audi's mobile museum has put together a stunning display of prewar Audi vehicles to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary.
On March 11, Audi's Museum Mobile historical museum kicks off a five-month celebration of Audi's centennial anniversary, with displays of some of the oldest surviving examples of the breed. Thirteen pre-WWII vehicles will be on display, including the first car to bear the Audi name, the 1911 Audi Type A. The Museum Mobile will also feature the world debut of a freshly re-created 1935 Audi 225 Front Special Roadster.
The exhibit runs from March 11 to July 16. Audi has had a complicated history, but in 1909 August Horch left the first automobile company he founded and formed Audi. The mobile museum's display takes a unique approach. In addition to the rare cars on display, the company's history is presented as a comic-book type story board. Key moments in the marque's history are presented in this unusual (for a museum, anyway) format, in an effort to make the experience more accessible to the general public.
Of course, the cars could carry this exhibition on their own. The 1911 Type A is the only known survivor, and on loan from the National Technical Museum in Prague. The 225 Front Special is a carefully crafted replica of a vehicle that's been lost; only two prototypes were built in 1935, and it's no surprise that they disappeared in the subsequent turmoil of WWII. Audi Tradition provided specialists Zinke with an original chassis, and the company produced the replica on display using archival photographs as a guide. The car is on public display for the first time.
Other vehicles on display include a pair of Audi Type E models from 1913 and 1924, bookending the 5.7 liter touring sedan's production run, a 1919 "Alpine Victor" Audi Type C competition car, and the last known example of the advanced 1929 Type R "Imperator," Audi's first eight-cylinder model.