The ADLER TYP10 2.5L Autobahn
Approximately 5,200 of them were built. However, it is assumed that there are only around 50 examples left worldwide today from the production period between 1937 and 1940.
The fact that this model is from 1939, i.e. a later vehicle, can be recognized by a few easily recognizable features.
The first models from 1937-38, for example, had no wheel covers on the rear wheels, no large trunk lid, no round instruments, the tank filler neck was not yet nicely hidden under a flap and much more.
What doesn’t seem realistic in the pictures is the actual size of the car. It is actually 4600 mm long, 1710 mm wide and 1640 mm high; quite a stately vehicle.
What is still astonishing today is its “suitability for everyday use”, which refers to how the car is to be driven, which is super easy, smooth and comfortable. Under the huge sunroof you feel like you’re in a convertible, only without a lot of wind.
In addition, the interior has been very extensively restored and has also been equipped with heating. With its “pretzel window” and split windshield, it is of course a highlight at all events – it is difficult to find a more exclusive vehicle for this money.
The reason for its rarity is obvious. After Adolf Hinter had built his motorways in mid-1930, he gave the order to build a medium-heavy vehicle with a displacement of 2.5 liters and space for 5-6 people, which could also take advantage of the advantages of the motorway.
After the end of the war, many of the vehicles were taken out of the country as spoils of war and the victorious powers banned the construction of new vehicles. That’s why the Adler-Werke subsequently earned their money with typewriters, among other things.
If this isn’t exceptional automotive history, what is?! Especially since this car still has the original workshop book, an original spare parts catalog, drawings, old registration papers from the GDR, lots of invoices and a lot of correspondence!!
I quote from the original documents:
“The ADLER engineers were the first to apply the scientific findings to series production. The 2.5 liter six-cylinder is a streamlined car. Despite its extraordinary width – three people can sit next to each other at the front and back – it offers a small frontal area and the wind flows smoothly and favorably along its outer skin. The practical result is astonishing: A relatively small engine with a displacement of 2.5 liters gives the six-seater car a top speed of a stopped(!) 125km/h, in addition to the best acceleration capability. But this peak is also continuous speed, because the ADLER 2.5 liter is safe on the highway! You can easily drive at a cruising average of 80 and 100 kilometers per hour when using the motorway and still get by with a fuel quantity of only 12 to 14 liters per 100km. This is the practical result of the current-shaped car: spaciousness, performance and economy!”
That’s how it was described back then and if you look at the history of Adler, it all makes sense, because the ADLER company set a total of 28 international class records (speed records) between 1935 and 1936.
As ADLER’s chief developer, the brilliant designer Karl Jenschke, who worked with Ferdinand Porsche among others and later was chief designer at Audi Union in Ingolstadt from 1951-1954, designed this motorway car.
The famous architect and Bauhaus director from Dessau, Professor Walter Gropius, developed the design of the large Adler wagons and since 1930 the ADLER emblem he designed, with the outstretched wings, has adorned all Adler vehicles. That is why this model is often referred to as the “Gropius Eagle”.
The jury of this year’s international Concours d’Elegance at the 15th ASC Classic Gala in Schwetzingen Castle also found this vehicle and its history exceptional, which is why it took 1st place in the class: Special Body 2019, Sport.
If you would like to read more about this vehicle, then follow the menu item „Press reports“, here you will find the article „Gone with the Wind“, a comparison test with a Peugeot 402, at the bottom.
In the client’s order. Errors and changes excepted.