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A Brief History of Audentia Motors

Audentia Motors was founded in 1955 by Sigurd Schaefer in Düsseldorf, Germany. Sigurd became the apprentice of a bicycle importer in Burschied in 1953. While working as an apprentice, Sigurd was also developing his skills in engineering, design, and construction. Sigurd’s dream was to build an automobile company that would forever be known as one of the all-time greats. In 1955 Sigurd had founded Audentia Motors with his lifelong friend, Burnie Reiner, and his wife, Serena.

Sigurd Schaefer’s dream was to create a company that would never be forgotten, thus the Latin word Audentia, meaning courage and boldness, was chosen. The company’s logo was designed by Sigurd’s wife, Serena. The three parts of the circle symbolically represent the three founding members of Audentia Motors.

Creating the car company that Audentia is today, was by no means an easy task. It wasn’t until 1965 that an Audentia even showed up on a racetrack. Audentia’s true claim to fame was with the 1961 Astolfo. The company masterfully combined the engineering prowess of Germany with the contemporary styling of many exotic cars within Europe. The company experienced steady growth from the mid-60s to mid-70s. Unfortunately, the company cracked under their wild success and in 1974 the company seemed to have hit the height of its success. Four years later Sigurd Schaefer died of stomach cancer, the death of the companies creative force led to an exponential decline in sales, nearly landing the company in bankruptcy. However, Sigurd’s son, Gabriel took over the company in 1990 and began revitalizing the dying company. Gabriel began changing the way Audentia looked and operated, pouring radical new ideas and money into their cars. By the late 2000s, the company’s glory had been restored and has since been one of the most prestigious car companies in the world.

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1955 Audentia Serena

The first car ever produced by Audentia, the Serena, was appropriately named after his wife, the one thing people jokingly say he cared about more than his company. Sigurd is quoted saying “the car, much like my wife, is beautiful, has wide rims, and is low-maintenance.” The Serena has a 3.5L V8 twin carburetor engine, with all 255 horsepower going to the rear wheels. The car was truly magnificent to see, especially on the roads and side streets of post-war Germany.

The engine was designed completely by Sigurd and Burnie Reiner. The first iteration of the engine, the Mk1, was too big and too powerful for the kind of car Audentia was trying to create. That is why the name of the engine is the Mk2. Only one version of the car is known to exist with the Mk1 engine and it is priced over $1,500,000. The Mk2 produced 255 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 243 ft-lb of torque at 5300 rpm.

The Serena was produced from 1955-1958. Today, only 29 of the 390 cars exist today, and of those 29, 21 of them belong to museums and private collectors.


1961 Audentia Astolfo

The car that truly put their name on the map of motoring was the 1961 Astolfo. While Sigurd Schaefer admits that the design of the car is not his proudest work, the engineering of the Astolfo was brilliant. The Astolfo was considered by many the perfect family man’s car. It was masculine and yet family friendly. The car comfortably seated 5 and could last forever as it was easy to patch up.

The Astolfo runs on a 4.0L twin carburetor V8 engine. This was the first of their engines to be designed with a 4 barrel fuel system, which was one of the many things that allowed it to be economical and quick. The engine, known as the Bobcat, produced 214 horsepower at 5400 rpm 242 ft-lb torque at 3500 rpm. The car, when it was new, could reach 127 mph in just over 7.5 seconds.

The car was produced from 1961-1969. The car, however, was put back into production in 2011. In the 9 years the car was in production Audentia made 300,000 cars, drastically passing the production numbers of their previous car, the Serena.


1965 Audentia Rhino

The 1965 Rhino was the first ever car Audentia made that made it on to the racetrack and won. Sigurd says that spiritually it is the predecessor to their first ever car, the Serena, and that is where the main shape of the body came from. The Rhino was created to look minimalistic to save weight and perform well. In truth, the Rhino is considered by many to be Audentia’s first performance car.

The Rhino was built around a powerful 3.1L V12, knows as the Velocitate, that sent 321 horsepower and 246 ft-lb torque to the rear wheels. The engine came equipped with a DCOE fuel system, 6 carburetors, and a race intake. The powerful engine allowed the Rhino to accelerate from 0-60 in 5.2 seconds.

The light-weight supercar was in production from 1965-1967 and in that time Audentia was able to produce only 250.


Looks sleek!

Not quite sure the engine is getting enough air though… A small V12 with 6 carbs does tend to need at least some.


You’re absolutely right, a small miscalculation on my part


Those are some neat-looking classics you’ve got… No wonder the Rhino would have been in high demand 50 years ago!


1965 Audentia Pegasus

In 1965 Audentia Motors decided to try and appeal to a broader audience. In an effort to attract the attention of the working class Audentia Motors built their very first truck, named the Pegasus. The Pegasus was built from the ground up and didn’t borrow any parts from previous Audentia Models. The Pegasus had a ladder chassis made from galvanized steel. The flexible yet incredibly durable chassis allowed for a much more rugged approach to driving which made it not only convenient for off-road driving but also very fun.

The Pegasus ran on a simple 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produced 71 horsepower and 101 lb-ft torque. The Pegasus was sold for eight years before it was replaced by a newer generation in 1973.