|Germany decided to create a new range of standardized chassis for their vehicles. In 1935
Auto Union/Horch Chassis I was produced for heavy passenger cars. The chassis allowed for
either rear mounted or front mounted engines depending on the job. The original chassis that
had front and rear wheel steering was designated 1A. From 1939–40 a four-wheel drive
variant was available and designated 1B. The Horch served throughout WWII on every front
as a passenger car, a communications car, an ammo vehicle, an anti-aircraft gun plus more.
The 20 mm Flak 38 was produced by Mauser and used as a light anti-aircraft weapon and was
the most produced German artillery piece in WWII. There were a few variants of the Flak 38.
The standard Flak 38 could be towed or mounted on a vehicle; the Flakvierling 38 was four
Flak 38s mounted on a single carriage. The Gebirgsflak 38 was a light weight easily
disassembled variant for transportation and when reassembled it mounted on a tripod for use
by airborne and mountain troops.
Specifications for the basic Horch 1a as a passenger car
Manufactured by – Auto-Union/Horch. This company was the result of the 1932 merger of
Audi, Horch, DKW and Wanderer to form the Auto Union. The four rings on today’s Audi cars
represents this merger.
Number of passengers – 6 including driver
In 1932 Audi merged with Horch, DKW and Wanderer to form the Auto Union.
Engine – Auto-Union/Horch V-8, 3,823 cc, 81 bhp @ 3,600 rpm.
Fuel -120 litres
Gross – 4,800 kg
Net – 3,600 kg
Payload 1,200 kg
Road – 400 km
Cross country – 300 km
Length – 4,850 mm
Width – 2,000 mm
Height – 2,040 mm
Ground Clearance – 250 mm
Track – 1,646 mm
Wheelbase – 3,000 mm
Fording Depth – 550 mm
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German Horch 1a with 20mm Flak 38
European Theatre, WWII