Wanderer W25 K

Compared to most small pre-war roadsters, the Wanderer W25K is easily the most elegant. It benefits from Wanderer’s race engineering while at the same time having styling that is more suited for a top-of-the-line Horch.

When the W25 was first released in 1936, Wanderer was part of the Auto Union conglomerate and contributed greatly with their Porsche-designed Inline-6 engine. The same unit was used in the W25 K and offered up to 85 bhp which was ample for its very low weight.

Styling on the W25 was similar to other Auto Union cars that also borrowed heavily from the earlier Wanderer W51 design. But with its low cut doors, sweeping profile and split window, all W25s had a distinct flair along with superb proportions and spirited performance.

In total, about 250 of these Wanderers were made and very few survive. Because or their rarity and each car fetches upwards of $150 000 USD.

1936 Wanderer W25 K

In Detail

engine Inline-6
aspiration Supercharged
valvetrain OHV, 2 Valves per Cylinder
displacement 1963 cc / 119.8 in³
power 63.4 kw / 85 bhp
specific output 43.3 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 85.17 bhp per tonne
front brakes Drums w/Hydraulic Assist
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Drums w/Hydraulic Assist
r brake size mm / in
curb weight 998 kg / 2200 lbs
gear ratios :1
top speed ~144.8 kph / 90 mph

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