1936 Horch Model 853 Spezial Roadster / 853268 Chassis Information

1936 Horch Model 853 photograph

1936 Horch Model 853 photograph

1936 Horch Model 853 photograph

1936 Horch Model 853 photograph

1936 Horch Model 8531936 Horch Model 8531936 Horch Model 8531936 Horch Model 853
Spezial Roadster
Coachwork: Appel Klassiker
Chassis #: 853268
Sold for $544,000 at 2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction.
Sold for $775,000 at 2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
August Horch was born in Winningen in 1868. After a technical education at engineering school, he worked for a marine engine manufacturer in Leipzig. This job was followed by a position managing Karl Benz's motor works at Mannheim, which was followed by Horch seeking financial backing for his own venture. His departure from Benz's motor works was prompted by frustrations over the conservative approach and regarding the rear-engined 'horseless carriages' as outdated. Horch's first automobile of 1900 featured a front-mounted, twin-cylinder engine and shaft-driven rear axle. Larger four and six-cylinder models followed. Horch was active in competitions and trials of the day, though these excursions would bring August into conflict with his fellow directors and force his departure in 1909 to found Audi.

Paul Daimler, son of Gottlieb, was hired as Chief Engineer in 1923, to modernize the engines in the lineup. The first car to benefit from his expertise was the 300 Model. Power was from a 3.2-liter, double-overhead camshaft straight eight engine. After Daimler's departure Fritz Fiedler designed a single-overhead cam straight-eight engine for the Horch 450, which was followed by the 6-liter V-12 powered 600 and 670 Models in 1931 and the 3.5-liter V8 engined 830B in 1933. Horch attracted wealthy clientele, and their cars wore elaborate and exclusive bodies ranging from cabriolet to a close limousine.

Horch became part of the Auto Union in 1932, joining with Audi, DKW and Wanderer. In 1936, Horch introduced the 4.9-liter Type 853 with power by a Fiedler-design, SOHC, ten-bearing straight eight mounted in a well-built chassis and fitted with a four-speed overdrive gearbox with servo-assisted hydraulic brakes providing the stopping power. The 853 and 853a would remain in production until the outbreak of war, by which time 950 of these exclusive vehicles had been built.

After WW2, Horch's Zwickau factory ended up on the eastern side of the border where it would eventually be pressed into service manufacturing the utilitarian Trabant

This particular 1936 Horch 853 was purchased in Hungary in 2011 by Appel Klassiker. The car's original body was lost either during World War II or after, thus it is not clear if the car original carried a factory Sportcabriolet of an independently coachbuilt body when new. After Klassiker acquired the car, it was given a restoration in 2011 that was completed in 2017, taking thousands of working hours. A replica body in the style of the style of the Horch 853 Spezialroadster was built. It is believed that only seven examples of the Spezialroadster were built in period.

The finished vehicle was painted in a period-correct appearance consisting of silver metallic. A coach line was applied through the mudguards, doors, bonnet, and the rear of the body. The interior was done in black velour carpet, piped in the same leather that was used for the seats. The dashboard was done in burl wood veneer that was lacquered and polished.

Power is from a 4494 SOHC inline 8-cylidner engine fitted with a single carburetor and offering 100 horsepower. There is a five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2018


2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$550,000-$750,000 
Sale Price :
$775,000

2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$700,000-$900,000 
Sale Price :
$544,000

2017 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€900,000-€1,200,000 
Lot was not sold

2019 1
2018 1
2010 1

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1936 sales)
1936 Horch 853 Special Roadster Recreation
Chassis#: 853268
Sold for $775,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1936 Horch Model 853 image  1936 Horch Model 853 image  
1936 Horch 853 ROADSTER Replica coachwork by Appel Klassiker
Chassis#: 853268
Sold for $544,000
  2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
1936 Horch Model 853 image  1936 Horch Model 853 image  
1936 Horch 853 Cabriolet
Sold for $388,800
  2010 Branson Auctions - September 2010
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1936 Horch Model 853's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1936 Horch 853 Spezialroadster design8532682017 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale $900,000$1,200,000
1936 Horch 853 cabriolet8506452015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars $380,000$480,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Horch Model 8531936 Spezial Roadster
Coachbuilder: Appel Klassiker
Chassis Num: 853268
Chassis information for the Horch Model 8531936 Sport Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 853339
Engine Num: 850715
Chassis information for the Horch 8531938 Sport Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis Num: 853558
Chassis information for the Horch 853 A Erdmann & Rossi Roadster1938 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Erdmann & Rossi
Chassis Num: 854237A
Chassis information for the Horch 853 A Erdmann & Rossi Roadster1938 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Erdmann & Rossi
Chassis Num: 854275
Engine Num: 852006


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