“80 years of the V8 under the banner of the four rings – engines, models and motor sport”. This was Audi Tradition’s motto at the international classic car event in Essen from April 10 to 14. Visitors experienced seven Horch and Audi cars on a stand covering 700 m².
Visitor record: A total of 193,400 classic car enthusiasts were able to admire the first V8 engine in the history of Audi – installed in a Horch 830 – in Hall 7. Auto Union AG presented this model at the Berlin Motor Show in 1933. The 1939 Horch 930 S Streamliner also on show marked the highpoint of Horch V8 development before the Second World War.
25 years of the Audi V8: entering the premium class
With the Audi V8, Audi Tradition is celebrating a second anniversary at the Techno Classica. In 1988, the brand with the four rings exhibited this model with an eight-cylinder alloy engine at the Paris Motor Show. Permanent all-wheel drive, alloy engine with four-valve technology, electronically controlled automatic transmission and internal calliper high-performance disc brakes: thanks to a host of innovative details, this car is today considered to be the model that marked Audi’s entry into the premium class.
Other Audi Tradition highlights at the start of the season
Various models from the brands that preceded Audi were exhibited by Audi Club International (ACI) in Hall 7.1. As every year, sought after by collectors: a limited edition of 333 special models from Audi Tradition in the colour solar orange. This year the model in question was a 1:43 scale Audi quattro.
Horch 830, Horch 930 S, Audi V8, Audi V8 long-wheelbase, Audi V8 Avant, Audi V8 DTM, Audi R8 “Crocodile”