1957→1960 Denzel 1300


1957→1960 Denzel 1300

in 1948, race driver and engineer Wolfgang Denzel started producing his own sports cars based on Volkswagen components that were raced almost exclusively in Austria. These took advantage of the war-surplus Volkswagen Kübelwagen components and became more specialized as throughout Denzels production period.

By 1952, Denzel was manufacturing their own box and tubular-steel chassis that was lighter than both the VW and Porsche counterparts. This culminated with the 1300 Serien Super or SS.

As many Denzels were prepared for motorsports with specially-made engines, the most potent being a 1500cc engine with a specially made crankshaft and rods and pistons.

A short wheel base of 2.1 meters, the Denzel uses the suspension system and engines from Volkswagen. Bodies were at first custom made from steel and later in aluminum. In 1958 the Serien Super raised power output of the Denzel from 53 bhp to 65 bhp. It was direct competition to the Porsche 356.

By 1960 Denzel had built about 65 sports cars and tooled up for production of the BMW 600.

1957 Denzel 1300 Gallery

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1957→1960 Denzel 1300

In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
production years1957 – 1960
built atVienna, Austria
engineVolkswagen Boxer-4
positionRear, Longitudinal
valvetrainOHV
fuel feed2 Solex Carburetors
displacement1281 cc / 78.17 in³
bore78 mm / 3.1 in
stroke67 mm / 2.6 in
compression8.5:1
power48.5 kw / 65 bhp @ 5400 rpm
specific output50.74 bhp per litre
bhp/weight103.17 bhp per tonne
torque96 nm / 70.8 ft lbs
body / frameBox Section Steel with Tubular Steel
driven wheelsRWD
steeringWorm & Nut
curb weight630 kg / 1389 lbs
wheelbase2100 mm / 82.7 in
front track1308 mm / 51.5 in
rear track1308 mm / 51.5 in
length3607 mm / 142.0 in
width1620 mm / 63.8 in
height1200 mm / 47.2 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
final drive3.80:1
top speed~165.73 kph / 103 mph
fuel capacity54.6 litres or 14.41 gal.