Legendary car for legendary driver – that is how in short Bernd Rosemeyer’s Horch 853 Stromlinien Coupé can be described. Nicknamed “Manuela”, it was built according to Bernd Rosemeyer’s whishes as he was almost constantly present at Erdmann & Rossi.
Since in 1937, one of the top models that was produced by Horch and Auto Union conglomerate was 853 A, the 852 was chassis of choice for this uniquely commissioned automobile since it featured a decorative front grill and a very capable 120 bhp engine.
Also, the standard 135 wheelbase was shortened, and the coupe new body was designed by von Beeshaw. Not surprising that „Manuela“ won both the first prize in her class and the audience prize at the Concours d´Élegance in Brünn in 1937 at the first attempt.
Unfortunately, car racing legend, Bernd Rosemeyer, didn’t get to enjoy his beautiful car for too long. On January 28, 1938, he was bent on setting a new class record (having few hours ago achieved 432 km/h with his Auto Union streamliner), and suffered a fatal crash on the Autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt.