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1935 Audi 225 Front

The Front 225 or ‘Typ UW’ as it is known in Germany, is part of a short lived line of Front wheel drive Audis. The 225 replaced the original model of two liters which initially launched the FWD concept.

Made within the Auto Union empire, the Front 225 was powered by the same Inline-6 found in the W245 Wanderer. This initially produced 50 bhp at 3300 rpm, but was upgraded in 1937 to 55 bhp at 3800 rpm. This power propelled the front wheels through a 4-speed transmission.

Chassis details were limited to front independent suspension by wishbones and a rigid axle in the rear.

Bodywork was typically crafted in-house at Auto Union’s own Horch-Werk facility. Standard styles included a 4-seat sport sedan, a 6-window limousine, 2-seat Cabriolet or a dedicated 2-seat roadster. Around 25 Spezial Roadsters were made by Coachworks Erdmann et Rossi.

By 1938 Audi Front production was halted after 2,600 examples had been made.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
production 2586
engine Inline-6
valvetrain OHV
displacement 2257 cc / 137.7 in³
bore 71 mm / 2.8 in
stroke 95 mm / 3.74 in
power 37.3 kw / 50 bhp @ 3300 rpm
specific output 22.47 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 37.74 bhp per tonne
body / frame Body over Steel Frame
driven wheels FWD
f brake size mm / in
r brake size mm / in
f suspension Wishbones
r suspension Rigid Axle
curb weight 1325 kg / 2921 lbs
wheelbase 3100 mm / 122.0 in
front track 1350 mm / 53.1 in
rear track 1400 mm / 55.1 in
length 4500 mm / 177.2 in
width 1650 mm / 65.0 in
height 1575 mm / 62.0 in
gear ratios :1
top speed ~105 kph / 65.2 mph

Auction Sales History

1935 Audi 225 Front

1936 Audi Front 225 Cabriolet – sold for €57,216 The car seems to be relatively complete and the Audi speedometer displays 68,722 kilometers. Under the hood, the accessories look very complete, with the exception of the dynamo, which is missing. The manufacturer’s plaque of the car is missing too. This car, which was part of the lot sold in 1967 by Serge Pozzoli to Roger Baillon, corresponds to a rather top model at the time, one that deserves to regain its former splendor.
Auction Source: The Baillon Collection at Rétromobile