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Audi 50

The Audi 50 played an part in the history of the Volkswagen Born into a energy world, the smallest production ever built soon had a and more popular sister to with, as Volkswagen launched its own expensive version. Setting a for the premium supermini, the 50 was a test bed for technological developments and ultimately its life for the baby VW. Here we the history of Audi’s forgotten

Landmark date

30 August is a landmark date in Volkswagen history. It was on this date 36 ago that the smallest-ever Audi was The Audi 50 was a two-door car with a new and fashionable opening rear The small car was designed and developed by engineers at the company’s headquarters at and due to the mass market production was to be built at Volkswagen’s plant in The 50 was presented to an expectant worldwide press in Sardinia in September of year.

Following on from the 80’s launch in 1972 and the larger 100 and 200 models, the 50’s tail with its opening was something of a departure, as all the other in its range were conventionally-styled cars. Showcasing much technology, it was rumoured that a Volkswagen version may appear (no due to the Wolfsburg build connection), but the as yet un-named small VW was still a from release.

Volkswagen launched a raft of new in 1973 and 1974, though; the appeared first, followed by the and then the Golf. These new cars charged with the hopes of a new generation of Volkswagen used Audi technology with engines and drivetrains commonly shared. Making its public appearance at the Paris Salon in the autumn of 1974, the new Audi was introduced to prospective buyers on 26 October 1974.


Produced to a tight with maximum length and stiplulations of 11ft 6in and 700kg development of the car began in 1971. Group chairman Rudolf and Audi design team Ludwig Kraus were with the result – length was 11ft 6in and the weight was 15kg the suggested 700kg. The pretty of the car was the in-house work of Kraus and his although sources have stated that both designer Marcello Gandini and house Bertoné were upon to give an opinion.

Bertoné’s website even styling pictures (above) depict various elements were obviously rejected by Front and rear plastic show the Audi four-ring and Bertoné claim that logo was clearly displayed on all the elements of the car’s body. It is though, that in the final of development, Gandini pronounced the shape of the car to be good, and approved the trim upsweep at the rear of the Even before Gandini was Audi’s design was very to the larger Volkswagen Golf had been designed by Giorgetto ItalDesign studio.

1093cc, 50 and

Fifty prototype cars built and covered 100,000 each, while the power and suspension assemblies underwent bench and rig testing. The engine was and two power options were from a basic cubic of 1093cc. The units produced 50 and with the latter being a compression unit and producing a top speed of almost 100mph.

by Audi engineers, the newest of the powerplants featured a cross-flow head and direct camshaft to the distributor and fuel pump. A new of carburettor had also been with the automatic choke heated electrically while the was cold and then by the coolant as it up.

The suspension called on McPherson at the front and a simple torsion at the rear, with the trailing placed nearer the wheel This meant that the car rolled under hard the rear wheels were no parallel, the outer one assuming a of negative camber. The 50 was also the Audi to get a new seating design was used the following year in the range.

Super supermini: of the Audi 50 started in 1971, of its market launch in 1974. Two were available: the LS with and the plusher GL with 60bhp

equipment levels

The new small was available in two trim levels – the LS and the 60bhp GL. Both models do without the optional (£26) wash/wipe system costing and a servo, but otherwise equipment were comprehensive for a vehicle so At launch, the 50 LS cost £145 than the soon-to-be-launched Volkswagen but, to justify this, the prestigious Audi featured a attractive and upmarket appearance the sparsely-trimmed Volkswagen.

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The LS featured full carpeting, a bank of instruments, an electric and a temperature gauge and quality was to be superior to other cars in the Steering column switches for lighting functions and hazard were on stalks and were a that soon saw service in the 80, 100 and The GL built on these features, and more attractive trim and of course, that more engine. Both models chromed bumpers with end caps and a heated rear

British car magazine Motor a pair of Audi 50 pre-production for its 14 September 1974 issue and ‘Assuming they can build VW into this new four-seater, it well retire the Beetle smartly,’ going on to proclaim ‘Audi picked a tough act Beetle] to follow. But they likely to win their applause.’ an impression of quality and refinement qualities which the Polo is known for today. The GL’s was said to be on the sporty side, the preferring the softer-sprung LS version.

The Volkswagen Polo version of the 50 was officially launched at the Geneva show in February 1975, being presented in Hanover one later. Fundamentally cheaper its more luxurious cousin, but comprehensively-equipped and ultimately less the Polo was destined to be the bigger of the two cars.

Resolutely left-hand

The Audi 50 had a good following in Europe, but was never imported the UK. A handful of privately-imported cars their way over The Channel was even thought to be evaluating one for its development programme), but the 50 stayed left-hand drive only. It was a story for the Polo; a late UK release as a Beetle replacement saw it many buyers. But by then it was too the 50’s days were

In July 1978, after four years in production, the 50 was from the Audi range 180,828 having being The Polo was left to carry the as the smallest Volkswagen Group car. Coming full Audi has recently launched the A1. its model for years. In a historical component-sharing move, the £13,145 A1 many parts with the Volkswagen Polo.

Premium Polo? New Audi A1 is wider and shorter than its Polo sibling and sits on an wheelbase. It’s more too; UK base cars £13,145

But, despite and Audi’s close relationship, the Polo have even born and gone on to be the success it undoubtedly has become over the 35 years if it had not been for those Audi engineers?

Photography Media Services, Volkswagen Services

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