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The Stromlinie 75 Concept: A beautiful tribute to the Auto Union Type C

The Stromlinie 75 Concept is a beautiful tribute to the Auto Union Type C

With the need to be so extremely functional, very few racecars have ever been what you would call beautiful. But there have been some, and this list would most certainly include the amazing art deco “Silver Arrow” racers built by Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union in the 1930s. The rendering you see here pays tribute to the 1938 Auto Union Type C, one of the great Silver Arrow cars, as well as Bernd Rosemeyer, one of the most successful and best-remembered drivers of that era. The car is called the Stromlinie 75, and it is the work of German designer Luke Rittwage.

 The Stromlinie 75 Concept is a beautiful tribute to the Auto Union Type C2

The name for the car, as well as the shape of the body and the covered wheels, come from the Stromlinienwagen (also known as the Streamliner in English). This was an especially aerodynamic body style of the Type C, and it was while he was trying to set a new world land speed record in such a car that Rosemeyer was killed in 1938. The “75” in the name is simply for the number of years since the ’38 Type C Streamliner. As you can see from the photo at the top of the page, the new car is indeed very similar to the original (the original is on the left), although in a very un-1938 touch, Rittwage gave the concept a retractable spoiler. The concept even has the same four rings on the nose, although these now signify only Audi, and not all of Auto Union. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the concept exists now just as a scaled-down model, and any actual production would be highly unlikely. Still, it does look good.

The Stromlinie 75 Concept is a beautiful tribute to the Auto Union Type C3

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