Hz536n submitted: This is a composite image of Packard cars (captured on 35mm film in 1980) built in the 1940-50 era blended with a current digital photo of the historic Albert Kahn designed Detroit Packard factory as it appears today. Having worked in the US auto industry for 40 years I saw the decline of American industry firsthand. Packard was once a vibrant business site employing 40,000 people, driving the economy and moving a city. Now, it is a long abandoned and dangerous expanse of industrial American wasteland. Reportedly, even the Detroit Fire Department will not enter the looted site.
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Auto Union Beginnings:
In succession: Auto Union Type A, Type B, Type C, Type C Streamliner, Type C Rekordwagen Avus, and Type D.
The cars were heavily influenced by the Benz Tropfenwagen Grand Prix cars of the early ’30s but destroyed other cars because of their sheer power even though they handled terribly. The cars ranged from 370hp to almost 550hp which was unheard of at the time.
Bottom photo: Type B (front and center), Rekordwagen (right), Mercedes-Benz W25B behind and Alfa Romeo Bimotore shortly behind the Benz.
166-hp | 450-lbs/ft torque…
Via horizontally opposed rear-mounted 6-cylinder helicopter engine.