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D.K.W. F93, aka D.K.W Grosse 3=6

April 23rd, 2008 by Rolph · 6 Comments

Well, the sun is working its rays off to turn this nasty, cold weather around and finally produce some highly anticipated springtime. Not only does this mean that we all can start incinerating hunks of meat on the barbeque, drink rosé on every occasion possible and feast our eyes out on women in light summer dresses, nope, it also means (as if it wasn’t enough! Boy, do I love the spring time) that all classic car owner take their precious oldtimers out of winter storage and start driving around again. Prime time car spotting season, obviously. And the first victim is this perfectly preserved grey DKW. Spotted on the highway, so the pictures aren’t briliant, but still, quite a nice car!

Most of you will know that D.K.W. is the D in Audi. This car was also called the Sonderklasse, or ‘Special League’. This front wheel drive car (hence the F) was built for 6 years, from 1953 till 1959, and ranges from the F91 to the F94. The name ‘3=6’ started out as an advertising slogan, but by the time of the 1955 face lift, the name was to the fore, and the car was advertised as the Grosse 3=6, differentiating it from the earlier version which already carried the script ‘3=6’ ahead of the door on its left side. The point of the advertising slogan was to highlight an equivalence between the car’s two stroke three cylinder engine and a four stroke six cylinder engine. The underlying logic was that with the two stroke cycle there is engine power produced by an explosion within each cylinder for every rotation of the crankshaft: with the four stroke cycle there is power produced by an explosion within each cylinder only for each alternate rotation of the crankshaft. Thus it was asserted that the two stroke engine was working twice as hard per rotation of the engine.

For some reason, I am quite fond of the DKW, actually before even having seen one. Probably, some hero in some book or movie drove one, when I was young 😉 Anyway, I am happy to have spotted this car, but please, feed me will interseting facts about the car and the model, because I know so little about it. Comment!!!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jan // Apr 23, 2008 at 20:12

    He had a twin brother in the GDR; The IFA.

  • 2 Jan // Nov 11, 2008 at 13:21

    It might’ve even bene produced in Holland! There was a Dutch assembly. Lesser known yet is the Irish assembly.

  • 3 ealblas // May 23, 2012 at 19:11

    kan je de foto ook digitaal opsturen
    ik zit nameluk zelf achter het stuur.
    weet je nog wanneer en waar de foto is genomen?
    ( )

  • 4 Rolph // Jun 3, 2012 at 22:35


    foto kan ik sturen, en ik weet nog waar genomen. Ik heb even wat mailproblemen (kom ik nu achter) dus kan even duren. Val me hier gerust over lastig als ik het vergeet

  • 5 erik // Jun 25, 2012 at 21:41

    Denk je er nog even aan om de foto door te sturen en te vertellen waar het was en ongeveer wanneer alvast bedankt

  • 6 Rolph // Jul 6, 2012 at 22:44


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