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#1 OFFLINE   Mr.Duesenberg

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Posted 05 November 2020 - 07:05 PM

Anyone tell me the difference between these 2 models?

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 07:30 PM

Both are factory internal designations of versions of the 850 model range.
What all 850s have in common is a ten main bearings 5 litre straight eight with vertical shaft driven overhead camshaft, Bosch vacuum advance ignition, four speed in house designed gearbox, dual transverse leaf spring front suspension and ATE-Lockheed hydraulic brakes with Bosch-Dewandre vacuum brake servo.

The 850 is the base model with 100 PS and 375 cm wheelbase. All other versions, including the 850 Sport, have 120 PS courtesy of a higher compression ratio and a sharper camshaft.
The 850 Sport has a 25 cm shorter wheelbase and is the only model in the range sporting a De Dion rear axle instead of the live one used on all other models.
The 851 is a limousine with a glazed partition between the driver and passenger compartments, better appointed interior, double bumpers and bigger tyres.
The 853 is a Cabriolet with a 30 cm shorter wheelbase.
The 853A (for "Autobahn") is a 853 with Overdrive ("Schnellgang") fitted as standard for sustained high speed operation. The Schnellgang was available on all other models at extra cost.
The 855 is the "Spezial Roadster" version. Between 3 and 7 were built depending on the source. There are numerous fakes out there nowadays.
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Posted 13 November 2020 - 12:17 PM

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Thank you so much for the specs on the Horch 850 series. It’s greatly appreciated...

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 12:45 PM

Hey, no worries.
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