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FERDINAND PORSCHE, Dr Ferdinand Porsche, was born in in the little village of Maffersdorf Reichenberg (now Liberec) in was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and now In 1899 he joined the Lohner in Vienna as an electrical engineer, and in he became Technical Director at the factory at Weiner Neustadt. In ten years he had risen to be Managing

The Austro-Daimler Sascha

Porsche had been interested in small one of the first fruits of this was the Austro-Daimler Sascha, a small, cc, four-cylinder, double-overhead-cam racing In 1923, however, Porsche Austria for Germany to become Designer for Daimler at Unterturkheim Stuttgart. His first task was to the Paul Daimler-designed, 2-liter, racing car, and then to a new 2-liter, eight-cylinder racer.

Following this he worked on the now Mercedes S series of cars supercharged 6.8 and 7.1-liter six-cylinder Porsche stayed in Germany for six before moving back to for a short period when he the Steyr company in 1929. By however, he was on the move again, to this time, where he his own design consultancy.

Porsche’s first project was the sketches for his pet idea of a ‘people’s As a contrast he designed the sensational racing car which became under the Auto-Union banner. had intended to produce small when he was with Austro-Daimler, but he had because of the opposition of the directors, who to see the commercial value in producing a car.

The situation at Mercedes had the same; both companies medium and large cars and had no of creating the necessary new plant to a high-volume small car on which was likely to be only a small margin. In 1931, however, design office got an order the Zundapp motor cycle to build a prototype small car a 1200cc five-cylinder engine. cars were made and but the Zundapp management, and in particular Dr Neumayer, were not satisfied the results and withdrew from the

Volkswagen K70

Waiter William Moore

Soon afterwards another German motorcycle manufacturer, SU, Porsche with a similar Porsche’s next prototype was the to feature what was virtually to a Volkswagen trademark in the years to an air-cooled, rear-mounted flat-four of 1448 cc. In 1930 NSU sold Heilbronn factory and intended to the Porsche-designed car at the Neckarsulm factory. production commenced, however, NSU the flat-four changed and the design was entrusted to the Englishman Waiter Moore, then head of cycle design at SU.

Five of the Moore-modified car were built at but by 1934-5 motor cycle had improved to such an extent NSU lost interest in the car, and the prototypes to Porsche. Needless to say himself had not lost interest along with his assistants Rabe, Josef Kales, and X. Reimspiess, continued work on the Although the flat-four engine was not an of the 1930s (Karl Benz had one as far back as 1898 and many of both cars and motorcycles had them in the early days) was faced with many in obtaining the required combination of

fuel economy and reliability.

Pre-orders for the Beetle were put on during the war and the rugged Kubelwagen was instead.

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