Wanderer (company)

Wanderer-Werke A.G. hood ornament W126

Wanderer-Werke A.G. hood ornament W126

Industry Automobiles
Fate merged into Auto Union (only car division)
Founded 1896 by Johann Baptist Winklhofer und Richard Adolf Jaenicke
Defunct 1945
Headquarters Saxony, Germany

Wanderer was a German manufacturer of bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles, vans and other machinery. Established as Winklhofer & Jaenicke in 1896 by Johann Baptist Winklhofer und Richard Adolf Jaenicke, the company used the Wanderer brand name from 1911, making civilian automobiles until 1941 and military vehicles until 1945.


1938 Wanderer W23 CabrioletWanderer W 23 Cabriolet 1938

1937 Wanderer W24Wanderer W 24 1937

1939 Wanderer W24Wanderer W 24 Limousine 1939

1926 Wanderer w25kWanderer W25K (1936–1938)

Wanderer W51SWanderer W51S

Winklhofer & Jaenicke, the business that became eventually known for its Wanderer cars, was established in 1896 in Chemnitz. They built motorcycles from 1902 and automobiles from 1903. The Wanderer brand was chosen in 1911 for overseas exports and was soon adopted for domestic sales.

The first two- or three-seater models used four-cylinder 1145 cc and 1220 cc engines. The 1220 cc model lasted until 1925. The first six-cylinder model appeared in 1928. By 1926, when Wanderer introduced a successful Typ 10, the company was making 25 vehicles a day; parts were made at the old plant in Chemnitz and assembled at the 1927 built new site in Siegmar, delivered by rail right to the assembly line. Motorcycle production continued in Chemnitz alone.

During the Great Depression, in 1929, the company owner, Dresdner Bank, sold the motorcycle business to František Janeček, and in 1932 divested the rest of Wanderer. The car division with its Siegmar factory became part of Auto Union together with Horch, Audi and DKW. In this quartet, Horch was positioned as the luxury brand, DKW built cheap two-stroke cars, Audi and Wanderer competed in different segments of mid-priced, technologically advanced small cars (heaviest, 6-cylinder Wanderers reached 1.5 tons dry weight). Wanderers of Nazi period acquired a trademark radiator design, shaped as a heraldic shield.

The next model W17 7/35 PS was propelled by a new 1692 cc OHV four-cylinder engine developed by Ferdinand Porsche. In 1933 the new Audi Front was equipped with the Wanderer W22 engine, a 1950 cc OHV six-cylinder, also a construction of F. Porsche. The top model from 1936 to 1939 was W50, propelled by a 2257 cc six-cylinder engine. From 1937 on there were also sporting fours (W24 and W25) and another six-cylinder model of 2632 cc (W23), propelled by new Flathead engines constructed by Auto Union itself. Wanderer cars were always admired for their high quality and sporting character. During World War II all civilian production was replaced in 1941 with licence-built military vehicles, such as Steyr 1500A light truck. A subcamp of Flossenbürg concentration camp, KZ Siegmar-Schonau, was operated during the war to provide slave labour for the Wanderer vehicle plants. From 1943 on the Auto Union Siegmar plant produced Maybach HL230 V12 engines, used in many heavy tanks of the German Wehrmacht.

The Wanderer Siegmar plant (now Chemnitz) of Auto Union were destroyed in early 1945, closing this chapter in the history of automobiles. Post-war efforts to restore East German auto industry concentrated on Auto Union facilities in Zwickau and Zschopau: Wanderer car production never recovered, with Auto Union relocating to Ingolstadt, West Germany, where the company was rebuilt based using the DKW and ultimately, the Audi brand.

Automobile models

Type Years Engine type Displacement Engine power Top speed
W1 (5/12 PS) “Puppchen” 1912–1913 straight-4 1147 cc 12 PS (8,8 kW) 70 km/h (43 mph)
W2 (5/15 PS) “Puppchen” 1913–1914 straight-4 1222 cc 15 PS (11 kW) 70 km/h (43 mph)
W3 (5/15 PS) “Puppchen” 1914–1919 straight-4 1286 cc 15 PS (11 kW) 70 km/h (43 mph)
W4 (5/15 PS) “Puppchen” 1919–1924 straight-4 1306 cc 17 PS (12,5 kW) 78 km/h (48 mph)
W6 (6/18 PS) 1921–1923 straight-4 1551 cc 18 PS (13,2 kW) 80 km/h (50 mph)
W9 (6/24 PS) 1923–1925 straight-4 1551 cc 24 PS (17,6 kW) 85 km/h (53 mph)
W8 (5/20 PS) “Puppchen” 1925–1926 straight-4 1306 cc 20 PS (14,7 kW) 78 km/h (48 mph)
W10/I (6/30 PS) 1926–1928 straight-4 1551 cc 30 PS (22 kW) 85 km/h (53 mph)
W10/II (8/40 PS) 1927–1929 straight-4 1940 cc 40 PS (29 kW) 95 km/h (59 mph)
W11 (10/50 PS) 1928–1930 straight-6 2540 cc 50 PS (37 kW) 90 km/h (56 mph)
W10/IV (6/30 PS) 1930–1932 straight-4 1563 cc 30 PS (22 kW) 85 km/h (53 mph)
W11 (10/50 PS) 1930–1933 straight-6 2540 cc 50 PS (37 kW) 97 km/h (60 mph)
W14 (12/65 PS) 1931–1932 straight-6 2970–2995 cc 65 PS (48 kW) 105 km/h (65 mph)
W15 (6/30 PS) 1932 straight-4 1563 cc 30 PS (22 kW) 85 km/h (53 mph)
W17 (7/35 PS) 1932–1933 straight-6 1690 cc 35 PS (25,7 kW) 90 km/h (56 mph)
W20 (8/40 PS) 1932–1933 straight-6 1950 cc 40 PS (29 kW) 95 km/h (59 mph)
W21 / W235 / W35 1933–1936 straight-6 1690 cc 35 PS (25,7 kW) 95 km/h (59 mph)
Wanderer W23S 1937–1939 straight-6 2651 cc 62 PS 90 km/h (56 mph)
W22 / W240 / W40 1933–1938 straight-6 1950 cc 40 PS (29 kW) 100 km/h (62 mph)
W245 / W250 1935 straight-6 2257 cc 50 PS (37 kW) 100 km/h (62 mph) – 105 km/h (65 mph)
W45 / W50 / Spezial W51 1936–1938 straight-6 2257 cc 55 PS (40 kW) 100 km/h (62 mph) – 105 km/h (65 mph)
W25K 1936–1938 straight-6 1950 cc 85 PS (62,5 kW) 145 km/h (90 mph)
W52 1937 straight-6 2651 cc 62 PS (45,6 kW) 115 km/h (71 mph)
W24 1937–1940 straight-4 1767 cc 42 PS (30,9 kW) 105 km/h (65 mph)
W26 1937–1940 straight-6 2651 cc 62 PS (45,6 kW) 115 km/h (71 mph)
W23 1937–1941 straight-6 2651 cc 62 PS (45,6 kW) 105 km/h (65 mph)

1898 Wanderer-annonce                            1898 Wanderer-annonce1911 Wanderer Püppchen1911 Wanderer Püppchen1915 Wanderer W1 Puppchen                               1915 Wanderer W1 Puppchen1913 Wanderer W2 Puppchen 5-151913 Wanderer W2 Puppchen 5-151914 Wanderer W2 Puppchen          1914 Wanderer W2 Puppchen1913 Wanderer W3 5-121913 Wanderer W3 5-121904 Wanderer Nr2 pic11904 Wanderer W2 Puppchen 5-151904 Wanderer W2 Puppchen 5-15

1906 L-Wanderer-Mofa

1911 Wanderer Serbia1911 Wanderer Serbia1911 Wanderer W 1 Puppchen (1)1911 Wanderer W 1 Puppchen1910 Wanderer 3PS1910 Wanderer 3PS1913 Wanderer W2 Puppchen 5-151913 Wanderer W2 Puppchen 5-151915 Wanderer 4 pk   1915 Wanderer 4 pk1917 Wanderer 2hp 1   1917 Wanderer 2hp 11927 Wanderer W10-3019

1920 Wanderer V 2  1920 Wanderer V 2

1920 Wanderer-werke-schoenau

1921 Wanderer 4,5 616ccm 12PS1921 Wanderer 4,5 616ccm 12PS

1921 Wanderer 5-15 W4 Puppchen

1921 Wanderer 5-15 W4 Puppchen1923 Wanderer W 4 5-15 PS Puppchen a1923 Wanderer W 4 5-15 PS Puppchen b1923 Wanderer W 4 5-15 PS Puppchen1923 Wanderer W 4 5-15 PS Puppchen1925 Wanderer W8 Puppchen1925 Wanderer W8 Puppchen1926-30 Wanderer-W10 6-30 PS, 77k1926-30 Wanderer-W10 6-30 PS, 77k1927 Wanderer W10-I 11927 Wanderer W10-I 11928 Wanderer W 10 8-40 PS Limousine (1)1928 Wanderer W 10 8-40 PS Limousine(3) (1)1928 Wanderer W 10 8-40 PS Limousine1928 Wanderer W111928 Wanderer W111928-32 Wanderer W11 10-50 PS1928-32 Wanderer W11 10-50 PS1929 Wanderer W10-IV 6-30PS1929 Wanderer W10-IV 6-30PSWandererLogoSerbia

1929 Wanderer W11 Feuerwehrfahrzeug 11929 Wanderer W11 Feuerwehrfahrzeug 11930 Wanderer W10 IV 6-30PS1930 Wanderer W10 IV 6-30PS1931 Wanderer W14 (only 1 built),1931 Wanderer W14 (only 1 built)

Berlin, Automobilausstellung
Die Eröffnung der grossen Automobilausstellung in den Ausstellungshallen am Kaiserdamm in Berlin! Blick in die Halle der Luxus-Automobile, im Vordergrund der Stand der Wanderer-Werke.

1932 Wanderer W15 7-3519(3)2 Wanderer W15 7-35 ?1933 Wanderer W 21 Limousine (2)1933 Wanderer W 21 Limousine (3)1933 Wanderer W21                                           1933 Wanderer W 21 Limousine1934 Wanderer - Auto Union W21 from 1934. 6-cyliner engine, displacement 1 681 cm³, output 35 hp at 3500 1min. Top speed 90 km-h. 4 651 units produced1934 Wanderer – Auto Union W21 from 1934. 6-cyliner engine, displacement 1 681 cm³, output 35 hp at 3500 1min. Top speed 90 km-h. 4 651 units produced1934 Wanderer W 22 Cabriolet (1)1934 Wanderer W 22 Cabriolet1934 Wanderrer W 22 Limousine (2)1934 Wanderer W 22 Limousine1934-40 Wanderer 12 AS Mopped1934-40 Wanderer 12 AS MoppedWanderer-Werke A.G. hood ornament W126

1935 Wanderer W 22 Cabriolet (2)1935 Wanderer W 22 Cabriolet

1936 1911-39 wanderer cz

1936 1911-39 wanderer cz1936 Auto Union Wanderer W25K1936 Auto Union Wanderer W25K1936 W 40 Cabriolet (1)1936 Wanderer W 40 Cabriolet 1936 Wanderer W22                              1936 Wanderer W221936 Wanderer W24 Tourenwagen1936 Wanderer W24 Tourenwagen

1936 Wanderer w25k (2)1936 Wanderer W25K1936 Wanderer W 25 K Roadster (1)1936 Wanderer w25k 1936 Wanderer W401936 Wanderer W401936 Wanderer W51 limo              1936 Wanderer W51 limo1936 Wanderer W511936 Wanderer W51 Cabrio1936-38 Wanderer W45 C2b Cabriolet1936-38 Wanderer W45 C2b Cariolet1937 Wanderer W 24 Limousine 6 Fenster (3)1937 Wanderer W 24 Limousine 6 Fenster1927 Wanderer W10-3019

1937 Wanderer W 25 K Roadster (2)1937 Wanderer W 25 K Roadster (4)1937 Wanderer W 25 K Roadster1937 Wanderer W 52 Cabriolet1937 Wanderer W 52 Cabriolet1937 Wanderer W241937 Wanderer W241938 Wanderer W 23 Cabriolet1938 Wanderer W 23 Cabriolet1938 Wanderer W 24 Limousine 6 Fenster (4)1938 Wanderer W 24 Limousine 6 Fenster(windows)

1938 Wanderer W 52 Cabriolet (1)1938 Wanderer W 52 Cabriolet (2)1938 Wanderer W 52 Cabriolet

1938 wanderer W23 cabrio d dac

1938 wanderer W23 cabrio d dac

1938 Wanderer W23 Kabriolett1938 Wanderer W23 Sedan1938 Wanderer W24 4d1938 Wanderer W24 Cabriolet1938 Wanderer W241938 Wanderer W36 7 seat Limo

1938 Wanderer W24 (2)              1938 Wanderer W241938 Wanderer W24k

1938 Wanderer W24k

logo wanderer werke

1938 ZweiRadMuseumNSU Wanderer1938 NSU Wanderer1938-39 Wanderer Stromlinie Spezial1938-39 Wanderer Stromlinie Spezial1939 MHV Wanderer W26L1939 MHV Wanderer W26L1939 Wanderer W241939 Wanderer W241939 Wanderer W261939 Wanderer W261939 Wanderer W50 Cabriolet 2-Sitzer1939 Wanderer W50 Cabriolet 2-SitzerWanderer Logo(01-2)

logoRussland, PKW1943 Wanderer W 51 der Wehrmacht, Rusland1983 Stamps of Germany(Berlin) MiNr 695

pictures without date:

2004 Wanderer Herren-Fahrrad2006 Reiserad aufgebaut auf Wanderer-Rahmen2011 Hinterhof der Wanderer-Werke in Schönau bei Chemnitz (2011)logo wanderer werkeMHV Wanderer W22Wanderer Anstecknadel speldWanderer Continental SchreibmaschineWanderer Logo(01-2)Wanderer W 250Wanderer W11 (2,5 Liter)Wanderer W11 (3,0 Liter)Wanderer W11 (3,0 Liter)aWanderer W17Wanderer W21 HornWanderer W21Wanderer W22 PhaetonWanderer W22Wanderer W23 lieferwagenWanderer W23Wanderer W23aWanderer W25K Roadster bicolorWanderer W50 Cabriolet 2-SitzerWanderer W50Wanderer W51SpecialWanderer W52Wanderer W235Wanderer W245Wanderer W250.aWanderer W250Wanderer WAG340 CzechWandererLogoSerbiaWanderer-Werke A.G. hood ornament W126

That’s it

Author: Jeroen

In Dutch, my homelanguage: Ik ben Jeroen, tot januari 2015 was ik al dik 26 jaar werkzaam in een psychiatrisch ziekenhuis in een stad vlakbij Werelds grootste havenstad Rotterdam. Eerst als verpleegkundige/begeleider op high care, later op afdeling dubbeldiagnose (verslavingen) en ook nog een tijdje als administratief medewerker. Ik heb een spierziekte "Poli Myositis" (alle spieren zijn ontstoken) daardoor weinig energie. Sinds augustus 2015 is daarbij de diagnose Kanker gesteld, en ben ik helemaal arbeidsongeschikt geworden en zit middenin de behandelfase. Gelukkig ben ik daarnaast getrouwd, vader, en opa, en heb de nodige hobby's. Een daarvan is transportmiddelen verzamelen en daarmee een blog schrijven. Dit blog begon met bussen, maar nu komen ook sleepboten, auto's trucks en dergelijke aan bod. Kijk en geniet met me mee, reageer, en vul gerust aan. Fouten zal ik ook graag verbeteren. In English: I'm Jeroen, till januari 2015 I was already 26 years working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, near Rotterdam, Worlds biggest harbour with more than 98 nationalities living within it's borders. First I worked on closed high care ward and the last years on a ward with mainly addicted people. I liked my work very much. In 2007 I got ill. I got the diagnose Poli Myositis, a musscle dissease. Al my mussles are inflamed. And last august I got another diagnose. Cancer. It's plaveicelcel carcinoma and treated with Chemo and radioation. So I've even less energy than the last years. Still I try to make something of my life and the blog is helping with surviving with some pleasure.

2 thoughts on “WANDERER”

  1. Just like to say great feature on Wanderer Cars & Bikes I have a 1938 Wanderer auto cycle myself and was trying to find information on it . I will send you a photo of it when I get a chance to take one . Sachs engine with 98 cc engine I am in Ireland perhaps you could send me a request for Facebook Friend if you wish Bye for now Talk again .Take care Billy

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