Adler 2.5 Litre Autobahn


The ADLER TYP10 2.5L Autobahn

About 5,200 pieces were built by him. However, it is assumed that today there are only around 50 pieces left worldwide from the production period 1937 to 1940.
That this model from 1939, that is a later vehicle, can be recognized by some easily visible features.
The first models from 1937-38 had e.g. No wheel covers on the rear wheels, no large trunk lid, also no round instruments, the tank filler neck was not so well hidden under a hatch and much more.

What does not appear realistic in the pictures is the actual size of the car. It is real 4600 mm long, 1710 mm wide and 1640 mm high; a pretty stately vehicle.
What is still astonishing today is its “suitability for everyday use”, which means how the car is to be driven – super simple, smooth and comfortable. Under the huge sunroof you feel like you are in a convertible, only without a large wind.

In addition, the interior has been extensively restored and has also been given heating. With its “pretzel window” and the divided front window, it is of course a highlight at all events – a more exclusive vehicle is difficult to find 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-weight vehicle with a 2.5-liter displacement and space for 5-6 people, which could also take advantage of the motorway.
After the war ended, 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 is why the Adler works have their money earned with typewriters.

If this is not an extraordinary automotive history, then what ?! 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 lots of correspondence!

I quote from the original documents:
“The ADLER engineers were the first to apply the scientific knowledge to series production.
The 2.5 litre six cylinder is a streamlined car. Despite its extraordinary width – 3 people can sit side by side at the front and back – it has a small frontal area and the wind flows smoothly and cheaply on its outer skin.
The practical result is astonishing: a relatively small engine with a displacement of 2.5 liters gives, in addition to the best acceleration, the six-seater car a top speed of stopped (!) 125km / h.
You can easily travel an average of 80 to 100 km/h when using the highway and still manage with a fuel quantity of only 12 to 14 liters per 100 km. This is the practical result of the streamlined car: spaciousness, performance and economy! ”
That was how it was described at the time and if you look at Adler’s history, it is all conclusive, because the ADLER company set a total of 28 international class records (speed records) between 1935 and 1936. As the chief developer of ADLER, the ingenious designer Karl Jenschke, who u.a. worked with Ferdinand Porsche and later, from 1951-1954, was chief designer at Audi Union in Ingolstadt.
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 spread wings, has adorned all Adler vehicles. This is why this model is often referred to as the “Gropius eagle”.

The jury of this year’s international Concours d’Elegance of the 15th ASC Classic Gala in Schwetzingen Castle also found this vehicle and its history to be 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” at the bottom, a comparison test with a Peugeot 402.

In the client’s order. Errors and changes excepted.


manufacturer Adler
typ 2.5 Litre Autobahn
construction year 1939
shape limousine
steering left
speedometer 18.750 km/ 11.651 mi
color exterior burgundy
color interior beige
transmission manual
power 43 kW / 58 hP
doors 4
seats 5-6
highlights low quantity, unique design;
report in “MotorKlassik”;
1. place at Concours d’Elegance Schwetzingen
for special body
Price: 225.000,- EUR