Hungary's spotlight - Famous cars on stage 2

As you may read my previous article, there was an interesting exhibition in Hungary - the Hungarian Railway Museum gave home to the 4th Oldtimer Expo between April 16-18, 2010 in Budapest. As I promised, I can introduce some more uniqe cars on red stage!

Let's begin with a real fame which was on the spot all weekend, the James Bond's car 1965's Aston Martin DB5! You can see it first time in episode Goldfinger with Sean Connery as original DB5 prototype (and then in Thunderball and GoldenEye, too). Letters DG comes from David Brown, who was the head of Aston Martin between 1947–1972. The coupe has 4.0L engine with 145 mph (233 km/h) maximum speed with five-speed transmission, 286 hp and only 1502 kg (not bad for a more than 40-years-old!). Sadly, DB5 lived for only 2 years (1963-65) - from DB6, Aston started looking for a new shape, which failed to match the beauty of DB4 and DB5.

The Panther DeVille is a luxury model from the British specialty maker, Panther Westwinds. The hand coach built, aluminium-bodied DeVille combines the superb quality and craftsmanship, attention to detail, brisk performance and roadholding of the J.72. Production of the DeVille ended in 1985 with roughly 60 produced, including 46 Saloons and 11 two-door Convertibles. While the cost of this hand-made car rose commensurate with the rate of inflation from basic price of Christian Anders. It survived a fire in 2006, when almost 50 oldtimer cars burned out around it. A Panther De Ville was used in Disney's 101 & 102 Dalmatians as Cruella De Vil's car. The DeVille for these films was converted from a standard car. They removed the rear doors and chopped up the boot area to get that strange rear end. (I love that cartoon! :))

Next car is not a movie star, but quite famous in its area - the Audi Quattro is a legendary rally car! It was the first all-wheel drive model for public roads and also for world of rally in 1981 and revolutionized racing and driving. The all-aluminium five cylinder in-line engine was also a development of the existing design. In July 1985, Audi revealed their latest in the Quattro evolution, the S1 (that's what you can see on photos). It was an impressive car with all it's wings, an aerodynamic development from the former used Sport Quattro. Only 20 cars was built. Featuring a revised 20V engine with approximately 550hp, and some testing with the semiautomatic PDK* gearboxed, Audi's only success for the S1 came with Walter Röhrl's win at the San Remo rallye in 1985.

The Wanderer W25K Roadster was quite unique in its age in Hungary (and on world, too, it's made only in 259 specimens). Between two World Wars, there were only two from them in Hungary - one is owned by a baroness, other is owned by Miklós Horthy Jr, the son of the Governor of Hungary, Admiral Miklos Horthy. When the W25 was first released in 1936, Wanderer was part of the Auto Union conglomerate and contributed greatly with their Porsche-designed Inline-6 engine. The same unit was used in the W25 K and offered up to 85 bhp which was ample for its very low weight. In total, about 250 of these Wanderers were made and very few survive.

And last, but not least, an other legendary German car, reminder of Soviet era and Iron Curtain between East and West Germany - a 1966's Wartburg 353 WR 'Knight Saloon' ! During cold war, in Eastern Bloc you are allowed to own only a Soviet or East-German made car, so it's a clear memento of that 40 years in Hungary. For me, personally, is hard to belive that there were countries where people bought that car when they had other choices... :) The 353 is announced in 1966 as a completely new car by IFA F9, the East German version of historic DKW. This featured a modern body (hahaha) and underneath was a perimiter chassis and 3 cylinder 2-stroke engine obviously developed from the previous cars. There were two main models produced: a 4 door saloon and a 5 door estate. This one is a real rally car, won the Lombard and Acropolys rally and still racing!

Photo credits: Aginger.

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April 28, 2010


Great photos! Thanks for the description...

April 28, 2010


Yapp, others are in quite good shape ;)

April 28, 2010


That Luxury Car Wanderer looks real vintage.

April 27, 2010


Great images....

April 27, 2010


Beautiful shots & nice description as always :)

April 27, 2010


Lol, Wartburg - a little tank :-) Nice photos.
Aston Martin looks very good.

April 27, 2010


Wow!Beautiful cars!Congratulations for your photos!

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