Auto Union Type C Miniature

A Full-Scale Accomplishment.
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After showing off his amazing 1:8 scale model of Bernd Rosemeyer's storied 1936 Auto Union Type C racer, creator Martin Schroeder is set to bring his artistry Stateside for viewing at this year's 2006 Pebble Beach Concours on August 20.


Side view of the Auto Union Type C Miniature model in front of a contemporary Autobahn" painting.

Painstakingly assembled from more than 6,000 parts, Schroeder says that the hand-built Type C was built to the philosophy that it would be "...& nearer to the original car than any car in existence - except scale." Developed between 1999 and 2004, the model of the 1936 Nurburgring German Grand Prix winning car is to be the first in a series of Auto Union racers that will also include the Type A Longtail and Type Avus.

Priced at 30,000 Euros (around $38k USD), this museum-grade piece is one of just 25 copies.

From Blueprint to Prototype. The Beginning.
The first appearance of a genuine AUTO UNION Grand Prix car, after WWII, happened at the Nurburgring on August 11th 1979. It was an AUTO UNION 3 ltr., type D that had been used in pre war times, by the dealers, for exhibition purposes. In 1974 it was imported from Czechoslovakia into Germany by Hubertus Count Donhoff.

Martin Schroeder discovered the original two stage supercharged engine in Eastern Germany, (then called German Democratic Repuplic).The engine was smuggled out of Eastern Germany so that the Type D could be completed and brought back to life.

At that time the car was owned by the American, Kerry Payne. Schroeder & Weise had an exclusive agreement to display the car in Germany at the Grand Opening of their new book and automobilia shop in Hannover, Germany.

One of the enthusiasts admiring the car was Italian, Carlo Villanova. Mr. Villanova put Schroeder & Weise in touch with Carlo Brianza, the famous italian model builder of the eighties, and the only one capable of a small series of high quality models.

Schroeder & Weise commissioned Brianza to build a series of 25 copies in his preferred 1:10 scale.

in 1982, following two years of development, Schroeder & Weise began marketing the model under the label FINE ART AUTO UNION. 17 models were completed from 1982 to 1986, when Carlo Brianza died from a heart attack. The blue prints and casting molds were scattered around Italy in the hands of suppliers and helpers, so production ceased. At present these models are owned by VW, Audi and a few private collectors all over the world. In the media they are usually referred to as the Brianza AUTO UNION.

One of these 1:10 FINE ART AUTO UNION Type D is on display at the recently opened Audi museum mobile in Ingolstadt, Germany.

In 1999, Andras Noszvai, a hungarian model collector and clock dealer, contacted Martin Schroeder suggesting that the high quality AUTO UNION model series be resurrected. He suggested that the first continuation model be Rosemeyer's 1936 Nurburgring German Grand Prix winning Type C, but this time in the larger 1:8 scale.

Noszvai has a close relationship with the most skilled scale model builders in Hungary. Since there is little work available at present in the eastern countries because of the economic situation, these model builders are happy to put all possible efforts into the AUTO UNION 1:8 project

Audi Tradition is very enthusiastic about the possibility of a limited series of high quality models of their famous Type C. They supported the project by authorizing the brand name, AUTO UNION 1:8.They also permitted detailed measurements of their Type C car.

The project began in November 1999, with the detailed measurement of the Crossthwaite & Gardiner built Type C.

The presentation of the AUTO UNION Type C is scheduled for Techno Classica Essen in April 2006 at the Audi stand.

The goal is to set a new standard in building small series of high quality collectors models in the larger 1:8 scale.

(source: Autounion1-8)

rear side

No doubt the 3/4 rear view of the Auto Union Type C Miniature model is the most photo-genic one, emphasizing the predominance of the power unit, characterized by the numerous louvers.

front side

A 3/4 front view of the Auto Union Type C Miniature model, backed by a painting of the Autobahn.


The power unit in all its glory: 16-cylinder engine, central camshaft, pushrods to operate the exhaust valves, Roots type supercharger, dual charge carburetor, the fuel pump is located next to the right cylinder bank, top right the crankcase ventilation.


Straight mechanics: 19" rear wheel with 7.00 racing tires featuring the famous, easily-recognizable Continental "Nurburgring Tread"; the brake drum with the Rudge gears in front; next to it, the knock-off hub nut; behind it, the duplex-type drum brake system with Ferodo brake shoes and return springs. Note the side intake to supply fresh air to the carburetor air plenum chamber, and below, the louvers to exhaust hot air from the engine.


The Presentation Brochure. Embossed printing cover, history of the model, The Fascination of the Miniature by Halwart Schrader, Technical Data, Weights and Measures, Limited Edition and Schedule of Delivery, two 10x15 cm and three 20x30 cm original photographies.

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Andras Noszvai (center) and his Budapest team of engineers incorparting Peter Szcz, Janos Rakozci und Attila Fabri brought a laser operated measuring device to Ingolstadt to take measurement of all details of the AUTO UNION Type C/D Hillclimb Car during night hours 22nd to 23rd of Februarary. Janos Rakozci (2. from left) will start blueprinting and when finished build the prototype for the next series of 1:8 scale models. Production of the Type C is being executed parallel with 9 examples having been supplied and the next 6 being announced for the end of May.

race car

The archetype for the Auto Union Type C Miniature model is Bernd Rosemeyer's car as raced in the German Grand Prix 1936. The photo was taken during a pit stop showing one mechanic changing a front wheel; another mechanic stands next to the external starter motor, racing engineer Wilhelm Sebastian stands next of Rosemeyer, in the background is Ferdinand Porsche, the famous designer of the car, timing the pit stop.

autounion logo

Audi Auto Union logo.

Audi   Named after August Horch, whose family name would be "Audi" in Latin.
Audi Auto Union Type C pedal car   Paying homage to the bygone era of motor racing.
Auto Union   Auto Union GmbH, Ingolstadt.
Audi   Official site.
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