Three Audi Jubilees at Techno Classica
• 50 years of Audi 100, 80 years of Auto Union Type D and 30 years TransAm
• More than 185,000 visitors expected at the world's largest classic vehicle exhibition
The development of the Audi 100 is one of the most exciting stories in Audi history. In the mid-1960s, immediately after Auto Union GmbH was taken over by Volkswagen AG, the Ingolstadt team was instructed to care for current models and not develop any new ones. However, Ludwig Kraus, Technical Director of Auto Union at the time, was worried about the company's survival and he worked on a second model series. He contravened instructions and designed a modern mid-range car that the Volkswagen board of directors finally gave the go-ahead to. In 1968, Auto Union presented the sedan as the Audi 100. Almost 800,000 cars were sold, making it a thorough success and contributing to Audi's development in a major way. At the Techno Classica, Audi Tradition will show three special models: a two-door Audi 100 LS Automatic built in 1972, an Audi 100 LS made in 1974, and the 1971 Audi 100 Coupé S.
At this year's Techno Classica, the large crowd of motorbike fans won't miss out either. Audi Tradition is presenting the DKW 350 RM ridden by Gustl Hobl in 1955, when he won the German Championship. Also, there will be an utterly unique exhibit on loan from the motorbike collection of Schloss Augustusburg: the DKW ULD 500 that was built as a prototype in 1938.
Lovers and collectors of miniature models can also obtain this year's Audi Tradition model at the exhibition: an orange-colored first generation Audi TT Coupé, from a limited edition of 333, on a scale of 1:43. Further classic vehicles from the company’s history will be presented by the members of the ACI (Audi Club International) in hall 7.1.