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DKW F7 Reichsklasse / Meisterklasse
DKW Sedan 1938.jpg
Manufacturer Auto Union AG
Production 1937–1938
Assembly Zwickau
Body and chassis
Layout FF layout
Related Toyota EA
Engine 584 cc & 692 cc
two stroke straight-2
Transmission 3 speed manual
Wheelbase 2,610 mm (103 in)
Length 3,985 mm (156.9 in)
Width 1,480 mm (58 in)
Height 1,500 mm (59 in)
Curb weight 750 kg (1,650 lb) approx
Predecessor DKW F5
Successor DKW F8

The DKW F7 is a sub compact front wheel drive automobile launched by Auto Union’s DKW division in 1937 as a replacement for the DKW F5.

The body[edit]

Changes between the F5 and the F7 were mostly at a detailed level. However, the entry level Reichsklasse saloon now shared the (hitherto slightly longer) body of the Meisterklasse saloon.

In addition to the closed saloon, a two door cabriolet saloon was also available. In 1938 a two door coupe cabriolet, the Front Luxus Cabriolet, was added to the range.

Engine and running gear[edit]

The car has the two cylinder two stroke engine of its predecessor. The Reichsklasse engine was of 584 cc with an output of 18 bhp (13 kW). The Meisterklasse’s 692 cc engine had an output of 20 bhp (15 kW). Respective claimed top speeds were 80 km/h (50 mph) and 85 km/h (53 mph).

Like all the small DKWs of the 1930s, the F7 featured front wheel drive, which at this stage was unusual, and which in the light of subsequent developments can be seen as prescient.


The ‘Front Luxus’ Cabriolet version introduced in 1938 shared the 692 cc engine of the Meisterklasse.

The popular F7 was replaced by the DKW F8 in 1939. By this time, approximately 80,000 F7s had been built.


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26 news items

Kurier Południowy

Kurier Południowy
Fri, 08 May 2015 04:51:50 -0700

Najstarszym autem zlotu był DKW F7 z 1937 roku, którym przyjechał pan Zdzisław. Właściciel otrzymał pamiątkowy puchar z rąk burmistrza Zdzisława Lisa, który był honorowym patronem imprezy. Wybrano również trzy najładniejsze auta zlotu. Wyróżnienia ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:00:00 -0700

Some of the cars on display are: Rolls Royce 20 (four door convertible) produced in 1925, Dodge Brothers – Victory Six produced in 1929, DKW-F7 Meisterklasse (two-door sedan) produced in 1938 and BMW Isetta 250 made in 1955. The museum will be ...
Motor Authority
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:14:07 -0800

That first test was actually more publicity stunt than data-gathering exercise. The DKW F7 was pushed down a ramp in front of spectators with a camera rolling (no pun intended). The engineers wanted to show the assembled crowd that their car could take ...


Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:50:06 -0700

Mercedes Benz 170V Cabriolet A (1936), DKW F7 (1935), Triumph Stag (1971), Opel GT (1971), 4x Ford Capri (1978 – 1984), AWZ P-70 (1958), Ford Escort Mk II (1975), Tatra T600 Tatraplan (1949), Austin A125 Sheerline (1953), Opel Ascona B (1977), ...
Independent Online
Mon, 21 May 2012 08:33:45 -0700

It was a day filled with memorable nostalgia as a diverse field, from a tiny little 1937 DKW F7 Meistertklasse Cabriolette to large, proud and splendid Bentleys from the 1920s graced the Hillclimb track. Not the fastest cars of the weekend, but ...
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:56:15 -0700

Autos schneller, schöner und sparsamer machen, das ist die Mission der Kunststoffe, ohne die im Karosseriebau kaum noch etwas geht. Sind heute Karbon- und Kompositmaterialien gefragt, waren es am Anfang Phenolharze mit Papier oder Sojabohnen.
3D Car Shows
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 06:07:52 -0800

One of the most interesting cars on the entry list is the 1937 DKW F7 Meistertklasse Cabriolette driven enthusiastically by Gino Noli who enjoys the hill up to Simola. Minimalist and spindly might be the best way of describing the Meisterklasse. An ...
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:04:08 -0700

Wartburg-Cabrio, DKW F7-Cabrio, Gogo-Transporter, Hillmann, Janus und Glas sind nur ein paar der Exoten die wir zu sehen bekommen. Jeder Blick in eines der Schaufenster ist ein Blick in die Vergangenheit. Die 1950er Jahre werden wieder lebendig: ...

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