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Bill K.

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    I scanned this from Oswald's book recently, for a friend. If anyone wants more data from this or Kirchberg's books, I'd be happy to scan it. Oswald's has a serial-number listing.
  2. I can see there's been quite a bit of activity since my last appearance here. Hi, A.J. and Craig, hope you guys are well. Craig, I see you've made some progress on the 540K.
  3. You do have Oswald, don't you, A.J.? I realize it's in German but it does cover all the models quite thoroughly. The 1986 version includes more research and corrects / updates what was in the original 1984 version. Oswald told me by snail-mail back in the early 1990s that he was impressed with Melin's research and not only incorporated that into his revised edition, but also went back to the archives himself to do more digging. So even though his 1984 tome is very impressive, since no one had attempted this sort of in-depth model-by-model research before, his revised 1986 book is superb. My on
  4. There isn't one specifically on the coachbuilder yet (that I know of) but one is due out this year: http://www.daltonwatson.com/2014-01-07-12-59-27/189-saoutchik In the meantime, there are various coachbuilding books that have articles on Saoutchik. My Beaulieu Encyclopedia of Coachbuilding and Dictionary of World Coachbuilders and Car Stylists have some data. Art de la Carrosserie Francaise (in French) has some info but nothing like chassis #'s. The follow up, Encyclopedie de la Carrosserie Francaises, focuses more on the personalities and the business end of it. Another French book by the sa
  5. Interesting. Thanks, A.J. I found a mentioning online that there is an appendix containing a listing of cars with chassis and bodies to 1942. Is this true? If so, it may behoove me to splurge on this book since I do study all makes of wartime cars. Horch is one of my favorite makes as well. In my Horch book by Oswald, there is a captioned picture of a series of Horch cabriolets built for the military on the 901 chassis, which normally was used for heavier vehicles. They are clearly military vehicles, but appear to have some semblances of civilian convertibles. A few of these were built by E&a
  6. In all frankness, the Nazi status of these cars means absolutely nothing to me. I couldn't care less what potentate owned which car. I simply love these machines for their engineering and design. They were built in an era when automotive design (in my humble opinion) was at its pinnacle. I love the other German, the French, the British, the Italian, the Austrian, the Czech, the Swedish, the Belgian (think Imperia) the Spanish (think Barcelona Hispano-Suizas), the Swiss (think Martini and HOLKA DKWs), the American, and even the (American-inspired) Japanese creations of the period. The reason wh
  7. I agree with everything you wrote. Oswald, in his revised 1986 edition, despite leaving the 540K count as 406 on the production page where the production of all models is located, uses the 419 figure in the 540K section. The Multi-Media site cites the incorrect figure of 319, but I think this is a typo, and it should be 419, since the count listed for the 500K is 342. Multi-Media must be using the Melin/Oswald data. What is your take (or A.J.'s) on regarding the 540K Aktion P cars as a separate series within the 540K range, even though most were rebodied cars? Most sources do regard it as sepa
  8. Unfortunately, I have never been able to find a reasonably priced copy of that, and have been looking for one for years. $200-$300 is a bit steep, but I may have to splurge one day. If you find your copy, and have a chance to look, I'd be interested in completion/delivery dates for wartime-era cars. Thanks!
  9. Is that an Erdmann & Rossi creation?
  10. What about the other Blue Goose, built in '42 by Erdmann & Rossi? I saved some notes from it.
  11. I only posted those articles to have as much as possible available for discussion and research. The 600 article was written before Melin's book, and even a bit before Oswald's first (1984) edition was released. The 580K article was written a bit before the release of Melin's book, but after Oswald's first edition. Oswald, even in his first edition, called the Huehnlein car a 540K. He only speculated that the seventeen 1944 Aktion P cars may have had the 5.8 liter engines. He revised, corrected, and added to his book for the 1986 edition, and removes this speculation. His second edition benefit
  12. This body production table in Griff Borgeson's article on Ahrens in Automobile Quarterly 26-4 puzzles me. I can't get many of these figures to jive with company records, Melin, or Oswald, no matter what I include or leave out. And the chassis totals seem way off. Not sure what he did here, but I do know Griff Borgeson was otherwise a superb historian.
  13. Table of 20 Aktion P 540K cars in Ludwig Kosche's article on the Aktion P in Automobile Quarterly, 28-1: (The table shows year of chassis construction, and since 18 were rebuilt cars, the chassis years are 1938-1939. The two new chassis that remained at the factory have 1940 dates; these should entered on the chassis production lists as chassis of that year, thereby reducing the 1939 count by two, so 1939 = 67 and 1940 = 2. These Aktion P cars appear to be a series on their own, and the only reason most were rebuilds is because there wasn't enough time to erect new chassis. Even though it look
  14. 1943 "State Fair" 770K article in Car Collector, Jan. 1986:
  15. Article on 600-series prototypes in Car Collector, April 1984:
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