|DKW F7 Reichsklasse / Meisterklasse|
|Manufacturer||Auto Union AG|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Small family car (C)|
|Body style||2-door saloon
2-door cabriolet saloon
2-door coupe cabriolet
|Engine||584 cc & 692 cc
two stroke straight-2
|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|
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.
Engine and running gear
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 popular F7 was replaced by the DKW F8 in 1939. By this time, approximately 80,000 F7s had been built.
- Odin, L.C. World in Motion 1939 - The whole of the year's automobile production. Belvedere Publishing, 2015. ASIN: B00ZLN91ZG.