Denzel 1300 

  • built in Austria
  • 1957-1960
  • 65 HP 1.3L
  • 103 mph
By 1952, Denzel was manufacturing their own box and tubular-steel chassis that was lighter than both the VW and Porsche counterparts.
By 1960 Denzel had built about 65 sports cars and tooled up for production of the BMW 600.

Road Tests Real world tests of the Denzel 1300

Top speed

Denzel 1300
103 mph
253 mph

Data points Key details of the Denzel 1300


Denzel 1300
65 HP
987 HP


Denzel 1300
70 ft-lb
922 ft-lb

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Denzel 1300
As many Denzels were prepared for motorsports with specially-made engines, the most potent being a 1500cc engine with a specially made crankshaft and rods and pistons.
in 1948, race driver and engineer Wolfgang Denzel started producing his own sports cars based on Volkswagen components that were raced almost exclusively in Austria.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Denzel
Type of car Production car
Year 1957-1960

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 21.37 lb/hp
Maximum hp 65 HP @ 5,400 RPM
Maximum torque 70 ft-lb
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 1,281 cc
Cylinders Flat 4
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 8.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.1 in / 2.6 in

road tests

Top speed 103 mph


Drivetrain RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears
Axle ratio 3.8:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,389 lb
Width 63.8 in
Height 47.2 in
Length 142 in
Front track width 51.5 in
Wheelbase 82.7 in
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