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Wanderer W 23 (1938)

Wanderer W23 Gläser Cabriolet

EUR 119,000JPY 15,330,770BGN 232,740CZK 3,117,205DKK 884,896GBP 103,593HUF 43,010,170PLN 537,713RON 580,125SEK 1,206,517CHF 130,733ISK 18,195,100NOK 1,237,743HRK 902,377RUB 10,789,694TRY 1,072,999AUD 185,700BRL 793,064CAD 182,439CNY 932,782HKD 1,118,719IDR 2,065,067,690ILS 476,857INR 10,659,615KRW 162,684,900MXN 3,009,260MYR 584,242NZD 197,802PHP 7,031,710SGD 191,661THB 4,379,081ZAR 2,154,198

Offered for: EUR 119,000

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  • Soderstrom Classic Sportscar
  • Sweden Sweden
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    Frederick Söderström


Request for Wanderer W 23 (1938) | Vehicle-ID: 148013

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  • Vehicle data
  • Description
  • Condition
  • Make Wanderer
  • Model W 23
  • Model name W 23
  • Series n.a.
  • Year of manufacture 1938
  • Chassis number n.a.
  • Gearbox number n.a.
  • Report n.a.
  • Condition category Restored
  • Mileage (read) n.a.
  • Previous owners 3
  • First registration n.a.
  • Engine number n.a.
  • Matching numbers n.a.

Technical details

  • Body style Convertible
  • Power (kw/hp) 46/62
  • Cubic capacity (ccm) 2,651
  • Cylinders 6
  • Doors n.a.
  • Steering Left (LHD)
  • Transmission Manual
  • Gears n.a.
  • Drive Rear
  • Front Brake n.a.
  • Rear Brake n.a.
  • Fuel Petrol

Individual configuration

  • Exterior colour Grey
  • Manufacturer colour name n.a.
  • Sunroof No
  • Folding roof No
  • Power Assisted Steering No
  • Central locking No
  • Electric windows No
  • Interior colour Grey
  • Interior material Leather
  • Electric heated seats No
  • Air conditioning No
  • ABS No
  • Airbag No
  • Cruise control No

Winklhofer & Jaenicke was established in 1896 in Chemnitz. It built motorcycles from 1902 and automobiles from 1903. The Wanderer brand was chosen in 1911 for overseas exports and was soon adopted for domestic sales.
By 1926 when Wanderer introduced a successful Typ 10, the company was making 25 vehicles a day; parts were made at the old plant in Chemnitz and assembled at the 1927 built new site in Siegmar, delivered by rail right to the assembly line. Motorcycle production continued in Chemnitz alone.

During the Great Depression, in 1929, the company owner, Dresdner Bank, sold the motorcycle business to František Janeček, and in 1932 divested the rest of Wanderer. The car division with its Siegmar factory became part of Auto Union together with Horch, Audiand DKW. In this quartet, Horch was positioned as the luxury brand, DKW built cheap two-stroke cars, Audi and Wanderer competed in different segments of mid-priced, technologically advanced cars.
Wanderers of the Nazi period acquired a trademark radiator design, shaped as a heraldic shield.

The top model from 1936 to 1939 was W50, propelled by a 2257 cc six-cylinder engine. From 1937 on there were also sporting fours (W24 and W25) and another six-cylinder model of 2632 cc (W23), propelled by new Flathead engines constructed by Auto Union itself. Wanderer cars were always admired for their high quality and sporting character.

From 1943 on the Auto Union Siegmar plant produced Maybach HL230 V12 engines, used in many heavy tanks of the German Wehrmacht.

The Wanderer Siegmar plant (now Chemnitz) of Auto Union were destroyed in early 1945, closing this chapter in the history of automobiles. Post-war efforts to restore East German auto industry concentrated on Auto Union facilities in Zwickau and Zschopau: Wanderer car production never recovered, with Auto Union relocating to Ingolstadt, West Germany, where the company was rebuilt based using the DKW and ultimately, the Audibrand.

This car:
As many of the Wanderers were destroyed during the WW2 this is a unique car since it was bought new in Sweden, but also because of its history:
First owner was Colonel Lars Gösta Hägglöf who from 1941-1952 was head of the Swedish Airforce , Svea Flygflottilj F8. Lars Gösta Hägglöf was before that Air attach’e in London between 1937 and 1940. During a period he was adjutant for King Gustav VI Adolf.
His brother Gunnar Hägglöf was Sweden’s first UN ambassador,  Swedish ambassador in London , then Paris and during that period he also participated when the European Counsil was initiated. He was also delegate in the UN effort at the Suez Crisis 1956. But before these periods , during the Second World War Gunnar Hägglöf was head of the trade and commerce department of the foreign affairs and was negotiator with Germany and USA.

The previous owner, a retired SAS pilot,  had all the parts but decided it was a to big of a project to complete and it was then sold to the current owner who restored the car and had it painted in Auto Union Grey. The engine is 6 cylinders, 62 hp and 2632 cc, transmission 4 speed
 Please contact us for more documentation. 
Sincerely Frederick Soderstrom

The source of the text about the history of the brand Wanderer is wikipedia. The information about the object for sale is collected by Frederick Soderstrom from sources as the current owner and other gathered documents.  Soderstrom Classic Sportcar is not responsible for any errors in the text and the car is sold as is.

Condition, Registrations & Documents

  • Registered
  • Ready to drive
  • Accident-free

Vehicle-ID: 148013

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