Just released from over 35 years of single collector ownership
Incredibly rare 930V 4-door Phaeton
A running/driving German pre-war classic
One of only three built
One of only two known to exist
Gorgeous color combination
Perfect candidate for a full concours level restoration
Shown twice at the pebble beach concours d’elegance
Dual side mount spares
Includes pebble beach display card, ribbon and more
A dream find for the elite collector or investor!
August Horch got his start in the automobile industry working for inventor Karl Benz, however the dream of building his own car resulted in him starting the company, Horch & Cie. Motorwagenwerke AG, in 1904. After some disagreements with the board of directors, August Horch left the company to go start another one in 1909 that still used his family name. This however was viewed as a trademark violation since the original Horch Company had the rights to the brand name, forcing Mr. Horch to find another title for his second car company. The son of one of Horch’s business partners had been studding Latin and suggested the name Audi. The Latin word for horch, Audi means “to listen” and in April 1910 August Horch founded Audi Automobilwerke. Ironically, both Horch and Audi were facing financial pressure by the 1930’s due to the great depression. In order to survive both companies merged combining with the forces of automakers DKW and Wanderer to form the four companies strong Auto Union, with Horch cars being designated the Auto Union’s luxury brand. All four brands from then on would carry a unique four interlocking ring logo that represented the four separate companies that made the Auto Union.
By the 1930’s the Horch brand of the Auto Union had established itself as one of the premier luxury marques from Germany with quality and performance that rivaled Mercedes-Benz. The Horch 830 line was unveiled in 1933 and offered an extensive range of coach built bodies based around a new 3-liter V8 engine. The pinnacle of the 830 line, the 930V was unveiled in 1937 and originally featured an enlarged 3.5-liter version of the 830’s V8 engine. Horch would increase the displacement again to 3.8 liters in 1938. This gave the 930V a 90 horsepower engine combined with a 4-speed gearbox with a separately engaged overdrive; an excellent platform for a wide arrange of bodies including a two door cabriolet, four door sports saloon, two door roadster and a four door phaeton cabriolet. Approximately 1,991 Horch 930V’s were built between 1937 and 1940 of which very few remain today. The 930V’s exclusivity combined with the range of bodies, meant that very few would be built in each specific style, including the incredibly rare 4-door Phaeton of which three were built and only two are known to exist today.
The 1939 Horch 930V Phaeton featured here is finished in stunning black over Ascot Grey with a gorgeous dark red leather interior. It has been previously shown in the Auto Union Anniversary Class at the 1999 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and again at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This incredible motorcar has just been released from long-term ownership; its beautiful older restoration is now showing some age and patina and though it can be driven as is, it would make a perfect candidate for a concours level restoration. We are proud to offer this incredibly rare and desirable Horch 930V Phaeton to the most sophisticated collector, investor or enthusiast who understands and appreciates the rarity of this great German marque. Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013, 16% in 2014 and 17% in 2015 while posting gains of 467% over the last 10 years. Ready to make an investment you can actually enjoy? Please contact one of our expert sales consultants at (314)291-7000 or [email protected] for more information. They will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description, and answer any questions that you may have. Buy with confidence.
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