At the Retromobile 2012 show, a rare Audi Type C Alpensieger from 1913 was on display following a major restoration to restore it to its full glory.
History of this victorious car in the Alps
When founder August Horch left his Horch company in 1909, he started a new business that same year and named it Audi – the Latin translation of his last name, which means "Listen!" August Horch's third Audi model is the Type C, unveiled in 1911 and considered one of his best and most mature cars.
The Audi Type C really proved its worth by winning three times in a row between 1912 and 1914 one of the most difficult motorsport endurance races of that era: the Austrian Alpine Race. Since then, this rare and iconic model has been called Audi Type C Alpensieger.
A model come back to life
The best-known Audi Type C Alpensieger is the Audi Tradition from 1919, which was restored a few years ago and then presented at Audi's 100th anniversary at Techno Classica 2009.
Another model resurfaced in 2012 at the Rétromobile show on the stand of the French specialist Auto Classique Touraine based in the South of Tours.
We don't have much information about this car. Nevertheless, it belongs to a Belgian collector who entrusted the reconstruction of the car to this workshop specializing in the restoration and reconstruction of pre-war automobile bodies.
This company – managed by Patrick Delage – has many references to its credit: Talbot T150 SS "drop of water", Delahaye 135 M, Delage D8 – 120, Hispano Suiza type D49, Lancia Lambda series 8, Delage D6 – 70 coupé "Le Mans", Bugatti 55, Bugatti 50, Bugatti 73, Alfa Romeo 6C 1750, Excelsior, Talbot T26, Audi 920, Bugatti Type 50 T, Bugatti Type 57C, Talbot T150 Course, Bugatti 57 SC Atalante, Bugatti 57 Stelvio, Renault 40 hp, Delahaye 135 Figoni, Talbot T120 graber, Hispano Suiza V8 Avion, Delage DS, Bugatti Type 58C Roadster Gangloff,… In short, you have understood: only beautiful rare cars from another age.
Auto Classique Touraine takes advantage of the old tools of Chapron, one of the most prestigious French coachbuilders active between 1920 and 1978. This company is managed by Patrick Delage, the great-grandson of the prestigious French manufacturer, Louis Delage.
This workshop started with the existing chassis which has been completely refurbished according to the rules of the art. The chassis was painted black.
The most difficult part concerned the all-wood, canvas-backed body. Little information and plans exist for this very rare car.
The cabinet maker in charge of the bodywork went to Ingolstadt to Audi Tradition to take all the necessary measures for the rebuilding of the car. Plans have been made. Since then, the car has been on display at theAugust Horch Museum in Zwickau (when not in use for events).
The superb ash wood case is built in double edging and presents tulip shapes, very complex to achieve.
The body is covered in airplane canvas, which is not available for sale. A specialized company has been called upon for this task.
After very long months of work, the car was finished.
The restoration of this Audi Type C Alpensieger from 1913 was a real challenge. Everything was made to measure. A lot of know-how and patience were required.
A few small finishes then have on the rear of the car but also for the roof top.
The result is magnificent. The car finds a second life and takes the nickname of Liselotte.