Can you imagine that a dream one had since childhood, at once comes true? A car that seemed once unattainable finally really stands in your own garage? For Philipp Blonck from Munich, it has become true. Persistence and a modicum of luck had helped, that today he may call a DKW Monza his own.
“This DKW Monza is a prototype, the vehicle, which was built as the sixth and then was used for the record runs in 1956. These record rides took place at Monza. There, the vehicle had driven six long distance world records. Due to this success the name of the DKW Monza was created.”
After some race succesesses of the DKW 3 = 6 Sonderklassse during the European Touring race and street rallies the two racing drivers Günther Ahrens and Albrecht W. Mantzel decided, to build an extremely lightweight plastic body onto the chassis of a DKW F93. The first vehicle bodies, such as the record car, were built at Dannenhauer & Strauss. The vehicle shown here is the number six of the eight prototypes.
“The vehicle has a special feature. You can see it at the side window. It is square. The later vehicles have a rounded side Window, the front edge has been round. This is the only vehicle that has the square side window and therefore it’s also the proof, that it is the record vehicle. In addition, but this is not visible, it has a larger tank installed, with approx. 70 litres volume, which is mounted for having a minimum of fuel stops during the record atempt. The later series vehicles have an approximately 40 litre tank.”
The record car was brought to the United States after the 1956 race victories. There he attempted some races until 1960 and then with a sudden disappeared from the scene.
“The vehicle was found in the United States in a very sad state. It was relatively destroyed by a fire. Then it got transported to Europe five years ago and was rebuilt in Austria by a restoration company. From the outset, the goal was to put the vehicle back into the state and appearance it had during the record driving. It was built up entirely. “It has the color of that time and also the Interior was reconstructed exactly and precisely. Also the painting and the stickers were reconstructed as it was at that time, such as E.g. the ADAC sticker on the windscreen, the DKW sticker on the rear window and also the D sign that the vehicle had at that time in Monza.”
The initially called DKW ‘Solitude’ received its current name “Monza” later on, after they recorded several speed record victories at the Italian circuit of Monza. During a 72-hour ride on the circuit of Monza, the racers Günther Ahrens, Heinz Meier, Roberto Barbay and Georg Theiler gained five world records in the class G8 (vehicles up to 1000cc).
“The history says it already: these trips were long-haul races and so this car has to seen.” For us, this vehicle is a collector’s car, which we also like to drive out for various events, Otherwise we will maintain it as good as possible and will show it to the public.”
If we speak today of a racing car, most people imagine a fast exalerating car. But this doesn´t fit to the DKW Monza, even if he looks like it. He is build for a long-hauling races and takes some time to speed up. Once he is rolling, he reaches with his 40Hp strong 3-cylinder two-stroke engine with a capacity of 903 ccm, a top speed of about 140 km/h.
The lightweight streamlined fiberglass Coupé body ensures low air resistance and a low weight of 733 kg.
“A youth dream for me has come true. When I was 4-5 years old, I’ve looked at my fathers DKW book, because my dad himself had a DKW when he was a young man. There I tripped repeatedly over the DKW Monza. I have always followed up for this vehicle, even though you never could see one live. With 14 years I succeeded to buy an original brochure of the DKW Monza, which I still have. But then I never surrendered the opportunity, to find such a vehicle. By coincidence, we have then discovered this vehicle on the classic car show in Padua 2011. My father and I decided then to buy and restore it to that it back to the state as it is today. “We can say: a dream has come true.”
“The restoration took about 4 years. Much of the time was used on organizing parts, because many parts are no longer available or had to be reproduced. Specifically, the body, which is made of fibre glass, of course took long time. The DKW Monza was the first German car with a fibre glass body.”
“The premiere of the car was on a DKW meeting, where we couldn´t drive it much. Today, we have made a proper virgin ride on the streets here in the district. It was a great time to experience the car. You can feel the technically great work behind it and how it is driving today – but it´s real fun.”