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By the mid-1970s, the Audi name was firmly re-established. And the second generation of the highly-successful Audi 100 would bring with it a model name which has since become inexorably linked with the marque - Avant.

Since it was established in 1985, Amalgam has been creating the very highest quality model cars and yachts for designers, manufacturers and high-end collectors worldwide.  The company supplies most Formula One teams with large-scale models and replica steering wheels, as well as making display models for the majority of the world's prestige and luxury car makers. These include Audi, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin, Bugatti and Ferrari, for whom Amalgam makes display and presentation models, as well as personalized scale versions of every car they currently produce for customers. Leading motorsport figures  who own Amalgam models include Jean Todt, Luca di Montezemolo, Mario Theissen, Jarno Trulli and Rubens Barichello.

 

 

By the late 1950s, the two-stroke DKWs had done an admirable job of hauling Auto Union back from the brink. To supplement the family-sized 3=6, though, Auto Union needed something smaller to compete with the VW Beetle.

 

In the aftermath of World War II, Auto Union, like many other companies, looked to start rebuilding their fortunes. However, they faced one immediate problem - most of their factories had been destroyed during the war, and those which were still standing were in East Germany, meaning the company had to recapitalise, relocate (which it did - to Ingolstadt) and start selling some cars again.

          

 

The Auto Union Silver Arrow racing cars have always been highly popular subjects for modelling. Since their 1934 debut, hundreds of models have been made of the cars in their many guises and stages of development and the fact that many wonderfully-detailed large scale replicas are still being made now is testament to the cars' legendary status.

 

Auto Union Takes on the Grand Prix

Work on the first ever Auto Union Grand Prix car began on March 7, 1933. Exactly one year later, in March 1934, driver Hans Stuck would use the car to set a new world speed record on the Avus Ring in Berlin. And that was just the start of the cars that, because of their speed, styling and colour, would come to be known as the Silver Arrows.