Auction Ended:

Monday, 12 October, 2020 - 17:15

Lot Status:

Still for sale.

1958 AWZ Zwickau

The People's car you've never heard of:

In line with the trend of building cost-effective people’s cars in the post-war period, the East German Automobilwerke Zwickau (AWZ) released the AWZ P70 ‘Zwickau’ in 1955. It made use of a 684cc two-cylinder, two-stroke engine that put 16kW or 22BHP onto the road via the front wheels and a three-speed manual box.

Despite its diminutive engine capacity, a top speed of 90km/h was possible thanks to its relatively light bodywork, which was made from Duroplast fitted to a wooden frame and floor. Duroplast, brand-new tech at the time, is a composite thermosetting plastic (similar to Formica or Bakelite) made from resin and cotton fibre.

A station wagon version followed in 1956, and a pretty coupé in 1957. Production of all came to an end in 1959 when the P70 was replaced by the iconic Trabant P50. A total of 36 151 P70s were produced.

This Example:

AWZ P70s were sold in South Africa for just 6 months, in 1958. This particular car, purchased by Mr P.E. Rolle from BOS Motors in Pretoria, is one of only three known to have survived locally and the only one of these in original condition. Mr Rolle, an employee at Yskor, used it as a commuter around Pretoria for 20 years.

When he became ill, the car was parked up and then scrapped and deregistered in 1978. He left the car to his apprentice at Yskor, who at the age of 83 sold it on to the current custodian in Johannesburg in 2019 – this was the first time the P70 had ever left the Pretoria region.

It is an extremely well-preserved and original, unrestored example that includes the factory toolkit, jack, wheel spanner, petrol gauge (a calibrated stick), manual, AA membership cards and the actual Engelbert tyres it left the showroom with in ’58. The P70 starts up first time, drives and the cable brakes on all corners do a good job of stopping it. Everything works, including the beautiful interior light, but a small radiator leak repair, taillight fix and replacement of the plywood boot floor would be on the job card.

A fresh 12-volt battery, tyres and reintroduction to the eNaTIS system would be recommended before hitting the road on the likes of the Oily Rag run. Included in the sale is a box of service items and spares, including a gearbox.

It is available for viewing by appointment in Johannesburg.

Contact Gareth for more details: Tel (021) 462 3558 - e-mail: info@crossley-webb.com


Bidding

Bidding Information - 1958 AWZ Zwickau

Estimated Price Range:

R 80,000.00 - R 120,000.00

Lot Status

Total Bids:

2

Time Left:

Closed

Start Date:

Monday, 05 October, 2020 - 12:00

End Date:

Monday, 12 October, 2020 - 17:15

Time Left

Closed

Special Features

Well preserved and original

Potential Oily Rag Run winner

1 of only 3 remaining in SA

Rare - 1 of 36 151 examples

Quick Facts

Reference: LOT-000042
Seller: Private
Year: 1958
Manufacturer: AWZ
Model: Zwickau
Derivative: P70
Service History: Partial
Mileage: 41,000 Miles
Engine Size: 684cc
Engine Type: Twin cylinder two stroke
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 3 Manual
Layout: Front engine - front wheel drive
Power Output: 22 BHP
Exterior: Green - White
Interior: Brown

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