DKW F102

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DKW F102
MHV DKW F102 01.jpg
ManufacturerAuto Union GmbH
53,053 produced[1]
Body and chassis
ClassLarge family car (D)
Body style2-door saloon
4-door saloon
LayoutFF layout
Engine1175 cc straight-3
Transmission4-speed manual
all-synchromesh [2]
Wheelbase2,499 mm (98.4 in)
Length4,280 mm (169 in)
Width1,618 mm (63.7 in)
Height1,449 mm (57.0 in)
Curb weight910 kg (2,010 lb) -
945 kg (2,083 lb)
PredecessorAuto Union 1000
SuccessorAudi F103

The DKW F102 is a passenger car that was produced from August 1963 by the German manufacturer Auto Union. Superseding the Auto Union 1000, it was the last model branded as a DKW by the manufacturer and also the last West German production car equipped with a two-stroke engine.


DKW F 102, museum mobile, Ingolstadt

The last European built Auto Union 1000 and 1000S models were produced in July 1963 and the DKW F102 was presented as a replacement model in September 1963, although volume production of 2-door F102s began only in March 1964 with four door cars joining them on the production line in January 1965.[3]

It was the last model developed before the Volkswagen take-over. Under Volkswagen control, the F102 provided the basis for the later Audi F103 models (the "Audi" and later "Audi 72", plus 60, 75, 80, and Super 90).

The F102 featured state-of-the-art two-stroke technology for its time and a unibody of modern design. Nevertheless, the market of the 1960s shunned two-stroke engines as old-fashioned. The F102 in consequence sold below the company's expectations and was the source of huge financial losses. Due to this situation Volkswagen was forced to implement a radical change in 1965. The production of two-stroke-engines was ended, with the last F102s produced in March 1966, by when 52,753[3] or 53,053 had been produced.[4] The F102 was redesigned to accommodate a four-cylinder-four-stroke-engine. At this point the name of DKW was abandoned, and the F102 mutated into the Audi F103, the first new Audi model since 1938.


  1. ^ "DKW F102". Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  2. ^ Cardew, Basil (1966). Daily Express Review of the 1966 Motor Show. London: Beaverbrook Newspapers Ltd.
  3. ^ a b Werner Oswald: Deutsche Autos 1945–1990, vol. 4, ISBN 3-613-02131-5, p. 421
  4. ^ Sources differ.

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