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DKW F 12

DKW F 12
EngineIn-line three-cylinder
Operating principleTwo-stroke engine with
Schnürle loop scavenging
Displacement889 cm³
Bore * stroke74,5 * 68 mm
Torque81,5 Nm at 2250 rpm
Performance29,5 kW (40 HP)
Rated speed4300 rpm
Drive trainFront engine with front drive
TransmissionFour-speed, synchronised, semi-automatic (optional)
Wheel base2250 mm
Front suspensionTransverse arm, transverse leaf spring
Rear suspensionTwist-beam axle, torsion bars
SteeringRack and pinion
Brakes f/rDiscs, drums
Length3968 mm
Width1575 mm
Height1453 mm
Basic weight735 kg
Tank capacity35 litres
Top speedApprox. 125 km/h
Manufactured1963 - 1966

One of the first striking things in the advertising prospectus for this vehicle is the absence of a close-up photo of the dash board. Obviously, it is not rousing enough to find it worthy of a picture. Instead the prospectus shows a lot of people for whom the vehicle is apparently intended. A kind of collage technology is applied. A man has its hands on the steering wheel, but the steering wheel is actually not visible. Then again we notice him on an invisible seat. Instead of the dash board, the brake pedal, the one-circuit main brake cylinder and the front disc brake are displayed. At least, the mother-in-law fits in on the rear seat with both children.

It is a small, practical car with a good all-round view. The windscreen reaching into the roof enables a good view upwards, e.g., to see traffic lights. The text stresses the expected increasing difficulties with traffic density and points out which potential the driver has with this car to cope with the density. In addition, the new factory in Ingolstadt is pointed out, and the experience of Auto Union with manufacturing automobiles. And last but not least its worldwide trader's network.

Even this relatively simple car has some features aboard which go beyond the strictly necessary. Vent windows in front which can be adjusted in such a way that the wind almost blows into one's face. An ignition switch with repeat lock, water for the windscreen, lateral armrests, a mirror in the right sun visor and coat hooks as well as holding loops. The turn indicator returns by itself into its initial position, and the seats can be shifted on ball bearings.

The only serious obstacle for impressive sales figures is probably the engine. Two-stroke engines are considered outdated at this time. Not only because of their specific stench, but also because of their excessive fuel consumption, stated very optimistically with 8 litres per 100 km for this car. In combination with a tank capacity of 35 litres, the mileage is at best adequate. Of course, it is helpful that the driver should use regular fuel instead of the mixture, because the additive comes from a solid extra 3.8-litre tank. Supposedly, the two-stroke engine needs less oil as compared to what should be exchanged with the four-stroke engine.

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