1948 - 1959

Denzel 

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Founded in 1948 in Vienna, Austria by Wolfgang Denzel, the Denzel automobile quickly became known as a formidable rival to Porsche. The brand was marked by a commitment to innovative automotive engineering, initially using handcrafted steel bodies and later transitioning to aluminum. Denzel cars, primarily open roadsters, became famous for their performance and sleek design, drawing on the enhanced VW drivetrain components and sometimes using Porsche engines.

Denzel’s most famous moment came in 1954 when a Denzel won the Alpine Rally, showcasing the brand’s prowess on the international stage. Despite this success, Denzel struggled with the high costs of small-scale manufacturing and ceased automobile production in 1959 after building around 300 vehicles. Today, only about 30 examples of the WD Denzel 1300 are believed to remain, underscoring their rarity and the brand’s esteemed position in automotive history.

Post-production, Wolfgang Denzel AG transitioned into one of Austria’s largest automobile importers, a testament to the enduring legacy of the Denzel name in the automotive industry. The transformation from a car manufacturer to a successful car dealership illustrates the brand’s adaptability and continued influence within the automotive sector.

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