Described as “a racing driver of genius” by Chris Nixon in the book Silver Arrows, Bernd Rosemeyer was one of the great pre-war race car drivers. He won 10 grand prix races in a very short time racing for Auto Union.
For his personal transportation, this streamlined coupe was uniquely commissioned. At the time, Horch was one of the leading names in the Auto Union brand which he drove for. The 852 chassis was a good choice, since it had a very capable 120 bhp engine and a decorative front grill to work from.