Review: IFA F9

Even when I climb the ancient village square, which we have chosen as a suitable location for the shoot, I know that today will be different. My car from a distance resemble anything with which I have not yet had the opportunity to meet.

And what it is actually for the machine? It’s called IFA F9 is 1955, which can be read on the threshold of the door, and was made in the German carmaker in the Eisenach . The whole car is still based on pre-war developments in the factory DKW and originally was to be his production started in 1940 in the German Zwickau . However, it was not possible because of the war, followed by the addition factory Auto-Union DKW was on the territory of East Germany and the vehicles produced here were labeled IFA . Production took place here in the years 1949 to 1953, then moved to Eisenach, where he ended with the production of cars EMW . Type F9 has basically the successor model DKW F8 , which, however, remained well below the IFA , in parallel with the production of this type. IFA F9 was first introduced to the public at the International Motor Show in Leipzig in 1948. Type F9 is then produced until 1956, when it replaced the more familiar Wartburg 311 . All told, more than 40,000 vehicles, of which 1,850 sedans were imported between 1955 and 1956 in what was then Czechoslovakia. Practically, however, the same car manufactured in the West as DKW F89 . During production took place and what we would today call a facelift. In 1951 the split windshield for panoramic changed in 1954 increased to 22 kW power, and the fuel tank from the engine compartment and back to the associated increase its volume from 30 to 40 liters. Oil with premium gasoline are mixed in a ratio of 1:33, with better quality oil NATURAL 1:40.

For its time it was a very modern car concept “All ahead” and flowing bodywork proposed even in wind tunnel, which at that time was definitely not normal. Whole body, positioned on a fixed frame, being made of metal, although the sheet was in former East Germany scarce. Indeed, why we have initiated the development of thermosets, which was applied later in the wagon Trabant . Under the hood should IFA liquid cooled three-cylinder two-stroke engine , a volume of 0.9 liters, which was stored before front axle. The overall performance of the unit is 21 kW cute today, but due to years of production, vehicle dimensions and weighing about 900 kg, was not enough. Design speed is 110 km / h and the owner confirms that IFA really goes a hundred, but believe me, you do not have such a car at home so that you are with him tried to maximum speed. Moreover, even the thought of a single-circuit hydraulic drum brakes on all wheels tames appetite for breaking records. The engine has a good and quite running smoothly, unlike the later two strokes from him nelina typical clacking. A must not miss to freewheel downhill driving. Incidentally, although the process is easier than starting at Trabant a choke and starter, no fuel switching. The average consumption is around 8 liters per 100 km. The gearbox is manual and four-speed shifter can be found on the dashboard. But beware, there lies differently than more modern Trabant. Slowly begin to all owners of older cars to admire, rarely have only one car at home and remember the differences in their operation will definitely not be easy. For the last models were shifting on the steering column. The front axle has independent suspension on transverse wishbones, the rear axle is rigid with transverse leaf springs.

For the body you had the choice, this subcompact sedan 60 kg heavier three-door estate or rare Convertible , mounted in Dresden . The interior is cleverly designed – adjustable front seats are foldable for easy entry backwards. The seats are soft and comfortable it is to know that there are newly upholstered. And it’s really beautiful work, upholsterer has said autosedadla to veterans as their hobby and in such cases it never does not fare badly. The owner also highly praises heater that works quickly and well. Conversely, the wipers to today’s standards very small and have only one speed. Beautifully nostalgic sound of a horn. The view from the car is very good, but the rear window somewhat limits its size. The luggage compartment is large and holds a lot of cargo, even if the tank is back.

The car that I could thoroughly inspect, was imported to us in 1955 and in 1990, went through several owners. The current owner bought it in 2001 as a relatively well-preserved piece that when buying, despite the long break, started the engine. In addition to the renovated interior of the car has a new paint, completely restored chrome elements, wiring revised from 6 to 12 V or domontované blinkers. Originally, it had the car at the B-pillar hinged lever, which, of course, nowadays it is not possible to use conventional espézetkách. So that the owner can keep period marks therefore have to be installed classic flasher. Rear lights come from the later Wartburg 311 , the front are indeed original, but have a very low luminosity.

For me it was a very special experience, because it was one of the oldest vehicles, with whom I met. It has a very pleasing shape and at that time a number of innovative solutions, which for me was a pleasant surprise. Many people incorrectly identifies him but when it meets. I believe that the readers of our magazine already IFU not confuse with anything.

Finally, the owners ask a few questions:

Why did you choose this car, it was your long-term dream, or a decision point?

As longtime supporters of two-stroke cars from the GDR, I took the opportunity when I thought about purchasing an older vehicle. I used to ride as a kid Ifou and was surprised by its agility. Since it is structurally simple and reliable vehicle, the purchase regret. I admire the beautiful aerodynamic shape prewar body, especially Tatra 87, 97 or Tatraplán, so this car is a bit vaguely reminiscent.

How difficult was it to get this car?

In this particular case, I am the original owner had to cajole and then the actual rescue vehicle out of storage was difficult. First, the gate object has grown over the years to shut down a tree, then it must be quite difficult to extricate the car from a number of stacked objects and materials. Rather, it is now a growing problem with the purchase of original spare parts, which I luckily did not need much yet.

How to live with the car in normal operation? And you have it for pleasure or for daily use?

This piece is definitely not intended for daily use. Not all drivers are the older and slower vehicles considerate. Then there are also various thieves, so let the specimen unattended on the street is very risky. But several times a year with his wife in period dress with joy ride on some veteránsklé meeting, tour or exhibition. I’m not afraid to go the route as well as over 200 km course in the day and prefer no rain.

What was the most interesting experience with this car?

It is not directly on the experience of the operation, or some best … But you purchase a vehicle approximately three quarters of the year before the catastrophic floods in 2002 was actually his salvation. The place where the car was flooded years rested in three meters above object and almost took the water, so I am delighted that did not end in the bottom of the river. So experience is itself a rescue vehicle. I even years ago accidentally met with one of the former owners, who then sent me photos, as more than thirty years ago came with his family by car during the holiday guess to Yugoslavia

Are you planning to do some adjustments or repairs?

I am trying to keep the car in the most authentic state, of course, with regard to safety. Made regular technical inspections, of course, here and there, something needs to be repaired or adjusted. Of course, as we find things that could be improved, but again it has its patina of time. Essential work was carried out during commissioning, so it’s now more of a maintenance plus my remaining free time is quite less.

What is your biggest motoring dream?

I can not tell you a specific car, because in this case I have limited financial and spatial possibilities. But rather I am trying to accomplish an idea to create a kind of vivid exposition, where lovers of old times and the machine can also view other works from my collection. I am actively involved in what is happening in the local veteran club and international IFA club, so I’m in regular contact with similar enthusiasts and it fulfills me and gives ample opportunity to meet new friends and places not only in the republic. As for the dream, he would not disclose in advance.

Photo: Mikka

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