1927 Dixi DA1 Barchetta  Chassis no. 10163 Engine no. 10163

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Lot 386
1927 Dixi DA1 Barchetta
Coachwork by Ihle Chassis no. 10163 Engine no. 10163

£ 30,000 - 35,000
US$ 38,000 - 44,000
1927 Dixi DA1 Barchetta
Coachwork by Ihle

Chassis no. 10163
Engine no. 10163

Footnotes

  • 'Ihle bodies distinguished themselves as neat 2-seaters fitted to BMW 3/15 and DKW light cars in the 1930s.' – 'The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile'.

    The acquisition of the Dixi works at Eisenach in 1928 provided BMW, hitherto a manufacturer of aero engines and motorcycles, with a foothold in motor manufacturing. Dixi's built-under-license version of the Austin Seven was gradually developed and improved, ending up with swing-axle suspension and overhead valves, before the arrival of the first true BMW in 1933. The name Dixi (in Latin: 'I have spoken' i.e. the last word) had been adopted by Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach for its cars in 1904, 'Wartburg' having been used hitherto. Dixi built a wide range of highly regarded models in varying engine capacities, selling its products as 'Leander' in the UK and 'Regina' in France, while adding commercial vehicles and aero engines to its portfolio prior to The Great War.

    Dixi recommenced civilian production post-1918 with a range of revived pre-war models and then in 1927 the firm obtained a licence to manufacture the Austin Seven, which was marketed as the Typ DA1 of 3/15PS. The firm would not stay independent for very much longer however, being acquired by BMW in October 1928 for around 1 million marks. Its new owners continued production of the Austin Seven-based model as the BMW 3/15.

    Carrying two-seater coachwork by Gebrüder Ihle Karosseriebau GmbH of Bruchsal, the ultra-rare Dixi variant offered here has spent many years in BMW private collections. In 1962 the car came to Holland and in the 1980s was restored by a BMW dealer. It is described as still in generally good condition, with very good chassis, the engine running well and the gearbox shifting smoothly. Eligible for VSCC events, this charming little German sports car is offered with Netherlands registration papers and some older history.
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1927 Dixi DA1 Barchetta  Chassis no. 10163 Engine no. 10163
1927 Dixi DA1 Barchetta  Chassis no. 10163 Engine no. 10163
1927 Dixi DA1 Barchetta  Chassis no. 10163 Engine no. 10163
1927 Dixi DA1 Barchetta  Chassis no. 10163 Engine no. 10163
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