1934 Horch 830 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 84309 Engine no. 81335

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Lot 648
1934 Horch 830 Cabriolet
Registration no. ZA 2846 Chassis no. 84309 Engine no. 81335

£ 55,000 - 65,000
US$ 74,000 - 87,000
1934 Horch 830 Cabriolet
Registration no. ZA 2846
Chassis no. 84309
Engine no. 81335
In 1932 Horch became part of the ‘Auto Union’ together with Audi, DKW and Wanderer. The firm produced a veritable plethora of model variations throughout the 1930s, ringing the changes on engine capacity, wheelbase and styles of coachwork, but all were aimed squarely at the prestige end of the market, where Horch was the only serious domestic rival to Mercedes-Benz.
Paul Daimler, son of Gottleib, had been Chief Engineer for most of the 1920s, and following his departure Fritz Fiedler (later of BMW fame) took over, designing a single-overhead-cam straight-eight - the Horch 450 - which was followed by 6-litre V12-powered 600 and 670 models in 1931 and the V8-engined 830 in 1933. The 830 was available in two engine capacities – 3,517cc or 3,823cc – and a variety of body styles including a saloon, limousine, tourer and three different types of cabriolet. Around 6,400 830s of all types had been made when production ceased in 1940.
After WW2, Horch’s Zwickau factory ended up on the eastern side of the border where it would eventually be pressed into service manufacturing the utilitarian Trabant - a sad end to a once noble marque that had ranked among the very best.
This rare German thoroughbred was owned by the German Consulate in Eire between 1935 and 1945, and we are advised that copies of the original Irish registration documents are available from the authorities in Dublin. The car was purchased by the current owner and brought to the UK in November 1985, since when it has benefited from ongoing restoration. New wings have been made and fitted, a new radiator and shell installed, a new hood fitted, the electrics rewired and the engine and gearbox rebuilt. Front shock absorbers are not fitted at present. Finished in two-tone grey with blue leather interior, the vehicle is offered with sundry restoration invoices.
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