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

type Series Production Car
production years 1957 – 1960
built at Vienna, Austria
engine Volkswagen Boxer-4
position Rear, Longitudinal
valvetrain OHV
fuel feed 2 Solex Carburetors
displacement 1281 cc / 78.17 in³
bore 78 mm / 3.1 in
stroke 67 mm / 2.6 in
compression 8.5:1
power 48.5 kw / 65 bhp @ 5400 rpm
specific output 50.74 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 103.17 bhp per tonne
torque 96 nm / 70.8 ft lbs
body / frame Box Section Steel with Tubular Steel
driven wheels RWD
steering Worm & Nut
curb weight 630 kg / 1389 lbs
wheelbase 2100 mm / 82.7 in
front track 1308 mm / 51.5 in
rear track 1308 mm / 51.5 in
length 3607 mm / 142.0 in
width 1620 mm / 63.8 in
height 1200 mm / 47.2 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
final drive 3.80:1
top speed ~165.73 kph / 103 mph
fuel capacity 54.6 litres or 14.41 gal.