Find of the Day: Auto Union Schnellaster Kastenwagen

Find of the Day: Auto Union Schnellaster Kastenwagen

Find of the Day: Auto Union Schnellaster Kastenwagen

0 comments 📅27 April 2018, 04:00

Do you arrange things to deliver but aren’t in a very big hurry? Mein got in himmel have we got the van for you.

You may arrange thought that that Fiesta delivery van was cute, but the Schnellaster Kastenwagen (which translates unsympathetically to fast truck box van!) will make that Ford look about as adroit as a naked mole-rat—that is to say, still fairly cute, but less cute than this kitten-like van.

Built in 1956 by Auto Synthesizing’s DKW, the Fast truck box van! is one of only 3,700 to have ever left the plant.

“I doubt many people have seen one of these in their time!” says the hysterical Nigel Gough, Classic Car Acutions’ classic car specialist. “This van has so much cultivation and character.”

It seems, though, that Auto Union was just as excitable as Gough, because undeterred by calling this the Fast truck box van! it only has a top speed of 43 mph. Things moved slower in the ‘50s.

Teeth of the meandering pace, though, it was still a bit of a pioneer, as it was an early example of a front-machine FWD delivery van. That meant an unparalleled amount of cargo space and generous preponde-carrying capacity.

First sold in Zimbabwe (back when it was still known as Southern Rhodesia), the van was then sold in South Africa in the past being imported to the UK in 2017, where it’s being sold now.

Estimates have it selling for something in the neighborhood of £12,000 to £15,000, which is admittedly not two-b, but imagine your business’s logo painted on the side of it and consider how much that’s benefit in advertising dollars. You’d be a fool not to buy the fast truck box van!

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