FOTD: 1936 Wanderer W25K Roadster in St. Louis

If you wanted to get into Audi’s obscure pre-war Auto Union era by picking up that 1937 Wanderer W25K auctioned in California last month but missed out on the opportunity, we’ve located another opportunity to do so… this time in St. Louis.

Worth noting, the W25K marks an interesting space in the pre-war Auto Union portfolio. That it wasn’t as large and oppulent as roadsters from Auto Union’s luxury Horch brand, it tends to be a more affordable step into the genre. That it boasts looks to rival the BMW 328 Roadster in period, plus a supercharged engine designed by Ferdinand Porsche still make it quite desirable. It’s also smaller and more maneuverable than the more opulent roadsters of this pre-war era.

Hyman Limited, a known dealer in the rare and high-end vintage car space, has listed another for sale, this time a 1936 and also in need of some love. They list this one with an interesting back story. In the listing they write:

Offering a significant opportunity to collectors seeking an extremely rare and compelling prewar German sports car, this 1936 Wanderer W25 K Roadster is one of only a handful of known survivors remaining from the limited 258-car run produced between 1936 and 1938. Previously under single-family ownership since 1962, the Wanderer was last road-registered in 1965 and placed into dry storage, with the Virginia registration plates and inspection sticker still affixed to the vehicle. While requiring restoration, this Wanderer is simply a fabulous example throughout, being solid, sound, and exceptionally complete. Importantly, while the engine is not running at present, it has been found to turn freely and develops oil pressure. The supercharger is not currently installed, but it and the original carburetor and intake manifold do accompany the sale of the vehicle.

Sure to be a welcome entrant to any concours d’Elegance and classic touring event you should ever care to participate in, this 1936 Wanderer W25 K offers an extremely compelling opportunity to restore and enjoy a great and truly rare prewar sports car. Renowned among knowledgeable collectors for its prodigious performance, this Wanderer will also be a true standout wherever it should travel with its unforgettable exhaust note from the uprated engine tuned by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche.

Alas, Hyman Ltd. doesn’t list a price for the car, but invites inquiries on their website where the car is also listed HERE.

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