The Audi Museum in Ingolstadt is a must-see for any automotive history buffs visiting southern Germany

1950 DKW F89 van at Audi Ingolstadt museum

Being the first Auto Union model to see production after WWII, the Schnellaster (Rapid Transporter) van was way ahead of its time. With a transversely mounted front engine, front-wheel-drive, short sloping hood, a flat floor with flexible seating configurations, this van was truly the precursor to the modern compact minivan. However it was anything but rapid when equipped with either a two-stroke 2 cylinder engine of 20 horsepower, or a 3-cylinder engine of 32 horses from 1955 on. Production ran from 1949-62.  (Photo credit: Sean Connor)

Being the first Auto Union model to see production after WWII, the Schnellaster (Rapid Transporter) van was way ahead of its time. With a transversely mounted front engine, front-wheel-drive, short sloping hood, a flat floor with flexible seating configurations, this van was truly the precursor to the modern compact minivan. However it was anything but rapid when equipped with either a two-stroke 2 cylinder engine of 20 horsepower, or a 3-cylinder engine of 32 horses from 1955 on. Production ran from 1949-62. (Photo credit: Sean Connor)

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