Wanderer Püppchen and the Sweet Little Thing!

The Wanderer was a German manufacturer of automobiles established in 1885. In 1932, it became part of the Auto Union. Two-seater Püppchen was the famous vehicle that rolled out from the assembly lines of the Wanderer. The company made civilian automobiles until 1941 and military vehicles until 1945.

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The Wanderer Püppchen

The Püppchen was the most famous vehicle built by Wanderer. It was in production for fourteen years. In 1912, when Jean Gilbert started singing the words “Sweet little thing,…”, a Wanderer W3 appeared on stage. The Püppchen (“Sweet little thing”) originally had the model numbers W3 and W8. But the conventional names were rarely used.

The first volume produced car, known as the W1 offered 12 PS. The subsequent models had an increase in power output and the final Püppchen delivered an output of 20 PS.


The W25K had a supercharger and a six-cylinder engine unit designed by Ferdinand Porsche. The power output was 85 hp and the top speed was approx. 150 km/h. The floating axle of the Auto Union offered better handling of the car. The W25K was in production between 1936 and 1938.

W40 Cabriolet

A modern six-cylinder engine developed by Ferdinand Porsche in the 1930s powered the W40. The engine had a displacement of 1.7 and 2 litres. The cylinder block of the engine used light-alloy. W40 was the last Wanderer model with a Porsche engine.

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