|1937 to 1938|
|Manufacturer||Auto Union AG|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||584 cc & 692 cc
two stroke straight-2
|Transmission||3 speed manual|
|Wheelbase||2,610 mm (103 in)|
|Length||3,985 mm (156.9 in)|
|Width||1,480 mm (58 in)|
|Height||1,500 mm (59 in)|
|Curb weight||750 kg (1,650 lb) approx|
The DKW F7 is a sub compact front wheel drive automobile launched by Auto Union’s DKW division in 1937 as a replacement for the DKW F5.
1937-1938 F7 DKW master car interior
Changes between the F5 and the F7 were mostly at a detailed level. However, the entry level Reichsklasse saloon now shared the (hitherto slightly longer) body of the Meisterklasse saloon.
In addition to the closed saloon, a two door cabriolet saloon was also available. In 1938 a two door coupe cabriolet, the Front Luxus Cabriolet, was added to the range.
1937-1938 F7 DKW 2-seater cabriolet de luxe car
Engine and running gear
The car has the two cylinder two stroke engine of its predecessor. The Reichsklasse engine was of 584 cc with an output of 18 bhp (13 kW). The Meisterklasse’s 692 cc engine had an output of 20 bhp (15 kW). Respective claimed top speeds were 80 km/h (50 mph) and 85 km/h (53 mph).
Like all the small DKWs of the 1930s, the F7 featured front wheel drive, which at this stage was unusual, and which in the light of subsequent developments can be seen as prescient.
1937-1938 F7 DKW master sedan car