1932 Horch Type 670 Built For Nazi War Criminal

October 22, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

This 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet built for a Nazi war criminal. by Glenn Franco Simmons

It was a time of inestimable horror and suffering; a short ~ but catastrophic ~ period in the world’s history when an entire group of people were subjected to the most reprehensible treatment seen in the Modern Era.

It was also a time of massive utilitarian theft, of a group of self-proclaimed and deluded “supermen” stealing everything they could from a much-maligned and innocent religious minority whose sole "crime" was being born a Jew, a Gypsy or one of many other minorities persecuted by the 1,000-year Reich.

The ill-gotten wealth derived from the wholesale theft of Jews and other victims allowed the Nazi elite to live privileged lifestyles. Those riches were enjoyed by many in the Reich, but most particularly by its new ruling class, which included a host of drug-fueled madmen along with their leader, Adolf Hitler.

This 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport CabrioletThis 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was built for a Nazi war criminal. Joachim Von Ribbentrop benefited from the Reich’s stolen riches. He was Nazi Germany’s ambassador to England had a 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet custom-built for himself.
The United Kingdom commandeered the car in England following the outbreak of World War II.

Only 73 V-12 Horch autos were produced in little more than two years before the model was discontinued. Of the originals, only three are known to remain, including this one.

It sports a V-12, 367.9-cubic-inch L-head engine with a 3.149-inch bore and 3.937-inch stroke. At 3000 rpm, it could reach 120 hp. The body was built by Glaser Karosserie of Dresden, Germany. Horchwerke A.G. was the manufacturer. When new, it cost $10,045 in U.S. dollar valuation at the time.

This 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport CabrioletThis 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was built for a Nazi war criminal. “The 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was a gem of the pre-war automotive world, a testament to the marvel of German engineering,” according to AI-Pro. “During the early 20th century, Horch, an illustrious German automobile manufacturer, was almost synonymous with innovation, engineering brilliance, and unmatched luxury.

“Sweeping the European luxury car market with its ingenuity and sophistication, the Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was the brainchild of Paul Daimler, son of the automobile pioneer Gottlieb Daimler. … The engine’s performance was enhanced by a Maybach overdrive system, ensuring an exhilarating driving experience palatable to even the most discerning motorist of the era.”

This 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport CabrioletThis 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was built for a Nazi war criminal. This Horch masterpiece has a lot of chrome that really lit up when I used my flash to take photos in what was then a very dark Blackhawk auto gallery.

“Glistening chrome trimming paired perfectly with its curvaceous, opulent bodywork, turning heads on even the most prestigious boulevards,” AI-Pro noted. “The lavishness of its design was mirrored by an equally posh interior, replete with the finest leather upholstery and wood paneling. The elegance bestowed upon passengers was nothing shy of royal, playing perfectly into the tastes of the aristocratic clientele who could afford such a vehicle.

“Adding up its performance, lavish comfort, and unprecedented grandeur, the 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was more than just an automobile ~ it was a symbol of status, a pinnacle amongst pre-war automobiles. Its halo would remain untarnished, even when its parent company Horch, merged with Auto Union (now known as Audi) after the war.”

This 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport CabrioletThis 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was built for a Nazi war criminal. Horch was actually a founding partner of Auto Union AG, which was a union of four German automakers: Horch, Audi, DKW and Wanderer.

In terms of Horch and the Nazis, there was not a facet of Nazi Germany’s economy that was not affected by authoritarian rule.

“However, the Nazi government did not directly take over Horch, but there was significant manipulation and control of the German auto industry during the Nazi regime, which affected companies like Horch,” according to AI-Pro. “… Once Hitler and the Nazi Party took power in Germany, one of their priorities was to promote a motorization policy. Their main vision was to create a car affordable for the average German citizen, which led to the creation of the Volkswagen (“People's Car”). However, the regime also understood the importance of luxury brands such as Horch, using them as a symbol of German engineering superiority.

This 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport CabrioletThis 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was built for a Nazi war criminal. “While the Nazi government didn't directly ‘take over’ Horch or Auto Union, it asserted significant influence over the German auto industry. There was a clear alignment of Auto Union’s goals with the needs of Germany’s increasing militarization, as dictated by the Third Reich. Auto Union, like other German companies, was compelled to switch much of their production from civilian to military vehicles.”

German automakers faced challenges post-war.

“{It was} a difficult period due to the destruction caused by the conflict and the subsequent division of Germany,” AI-Pro stated. “Horch itself did not survive the post-war years as a separate entity; Auto Union eventually evolved through numerous mergers and alterations into the modern-day Audi.”


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