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1937 Auto Union Type C Hans Stuck Hillclimb by CMC in 1:18 Scale


Hill climb version, 1937 Schauinsland race. Driver Hans Stuck, #111, item M-162, Limited Edition of 1,500 pieces worldwide

Auto Union Type C Hill Climber Version, 1937
Schauinsland Hill-Climbing Race, GP of Germany
Hans Stuck, Starting #111
Scale 1:18
Item No. M-162, Limited Edition 1,500 pcs.
The recommended retail price per model is USD $364
Hill climbing always offers a variety of excitement in motor sports. By the 30s, it had become very popular with an increasing number of Grand-Prix racecars getting involved in its races. Befittingly Auto Union held a special position, as they had an extraordinary skilled driver Hans Stuck, who was known as King of the Mountains because of his numerous hill-climbing victories.
The legendary hill-climb track at the Schauinsland Mountain near Freiburg was internationally famous. The first hill-climbing race took place there in 1925. In the following years the race grew to be an international competition, which often attracted more than 20,000 spectators during the golden era of the Schauinsland hill climbs in the 30s.
This was very true of the 13th Schauinsland hill climb, which was part of the German hill climbing championship; it took place on August 1st,1937 and boasted a list of drivers from 10 different nations. Most noteworthy were the two top racing teams: Auto Union with Hans Stuck and Bernd Rosemeyer and Mercedes-Benz with Rudolf Caracciola, Manfred v. Brauchitsch and Hermann Lang. The race-track was 12 km long, leading all the way to the top of Schauinsland Pass with 178 turns for drivers to negotiate and an ascent of 780 meters on slopes that could be 12 uphill.
At the end of the race, Hans Stuck lived up to his nickname, driving his #111 Auto Union Type C with twin-tire rear wheels to victory by one second ahead of his team mate Bernd Rosemeyer, who was also on a Type C, but with single-tire rear wheels. Mercedes-Benz didnt have a chance that day. Rudolf Caracciola and Hermann Lang, each on a W125, finished 3rd and 4th.
Back then the drive-axle was often fitted with twin tires in order to improve the transmission of motor torque onto the road. This resulted in better traction and made it easier to control the veer-off forces in narrow hill curves. But ultimately, it was not only the engine power, but also the driving skills and, above all, the cornering technique of a pilot that were essential for winning the victory.
Our hand-crafted metal precision model is a replica of Hans Stucks winning vehicle with starting number 111 and twin-tire rear wheels.

This racing car developed by Ferdinand Porsche wrote racing history right away like almost no other racing car had done before: In 1936 Auto Union presented with the Type C a monoposto which was almost totally different from all the other racing cars known so far. What stood out especially was the unconventional design of the sensational 16-cylinder V-engine installed behind the driver and in front of the rear axle an innovation which soon became the accepted thing.
This high- performance racing car was above all so successful because the bullet with 520 hp was driven by a highly talented racing driver: Bernd Rosemeyer. 1936 was his most successful year when he became European Champion and won numerous Grand Prix. In 1937 the new ace of the Auto Union could keep his main competitor, Mercedes-Benz, in check as well and was able to continue his successful carreer with five further wins. At the beginning of 1938, however, his carreer came to an abrupt and tragical end by a fatal accident which occured during the try of breaking the speed world record. After the end of the Second World War, the remaining racing cars in Zwickau had to be handed over as reparation payment to the Soviet-Union. Till now it`s not comprehensible, what exactly happend to the racing cars after that day.
The Auto Union Type C is handmounted from 1026 parts to an extra class precision model. The single parts are of high-quality materials: 23 parts are zinc die-cast, 754 of metal, copper or are photo-etched and 153 are made of plastic. The remaining 96 parts are screws, rivets or indicated screw heads. The "sound-barrier" has been broken: For the first time CMC is presenting a model in the scale 1:18, which is made of more than 1000 parts.
1936 was the year of Auto Union and its young driver Bernd Rosemeyer. He became the new star in the European racing scene. It was a clash of the titans, Mercedes-Benz VS Auto Union. The GP of Germany on July 26 was just another round of that fight. The agile and highly talented Bernd Rosemeyer was able to handle the 16 cylinder v-engine powerhouse of Auto Union Type C like no one else ever had. The mid-mounted engine of the vehicle, developed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, broke new ground for its timeWith his starting number 4, Bernd Rosemeyer achieved a prestigious victory. His team mate Hans Stuck, also on Auto Union Type C, became 2nd. Mercedes had to leave the track with empty hands this time. Our limited edition models represents the victorious Auto Union Type C race car with starting number 4.