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Lord K's Garage #177: Austro-Daimler

What about giving some dieselpunk love to a remarkable car make, sadly overshadowed by its German and Italian neighbors?

Austro Daimler ADR 1930 blue radiator badge

The Austro-Daimler Motor Company produced automobiles from 1899 through 1934. Their factory was located in Wiener-Neustadt, which is located south of Vienna, in lower Austria. Austro-Daimler was a branch of the Daimler Company until 1906, when it began producing vehicles on its own - including busses and fire-engines, like this one:

Austro Daimler Motorspritze red 1912 vl

1912 Austro Daimler Motorspritze by stkone - Thanks for 4 Million views!, on Flickr

Gottlieb Daimler's son, Paul Daimler was the first designer employed by the Company. The legendary and well-known Ferdinand Porsche was his successor who stayed with the company until 1925. Porsche designed a 6900 cc side-valve that produced sixty horsepower and a 5714 cc four-cylinder ohc engine that produced 95 horsepower.

1909 Austro-Daimler Prinz Heinrich Wagen (Porsche design for Prince Elias of Parma)

1909 Austro-Daimler (Porsche design for Prince Elias of Parma)

These were used to power the Prinz Heinrich, 'Prince Henry', model that quickly grew in popularity. Porsche later created a 1.3-liter engine that was used in their racing vehicles.

1909 Austro-Daimler Prinz Heinrich-wagen

1909 Austro-Daimler Prinz Heinrich-wagen

During the Great War, Austro-Daimler was busy with aircraft engines productions and also built a number of elegant armored vehicles (photo via Austin7nut, on Flickr):

Austro-Daimler Armoured Fighting VehicleIn 1922, Porsche designed the Austro-Daimler Sascha, a compact, high-performance car originally developed as a precursor of a production 4-seater, places first and second on the first try in its class.

1922 Austro-Daimler Sascha 3

1922 Austro-Daimler Sascha 4

Key factors in this success are the nimble handling and effective power transfer of this lightweight car, which tips the scale at a mere 598 kilograms.

1922 Austro-Daimler Sascha 1

Named after the financial sponsor of the project, industrialist Count Alexander "Sasha" Kolowrat, this car brings a total of 43 racing victories.

1922 Austro-Daimler. Ferdinand Porsche and Count Alexander von Kolovrat

Ferdinand Porsche and Count Alexander von Kolovrat. 1922

Austro-Daimler ADS R 'Sascha' 1922 -1-1922 Austro-Daimler ADS R 'Sascha' by Zappadong, on Flickr

Austro-Daimler ADS R 'Sascha' 1922 -2-

1922 Austro DaimlerPhoto by sjb4photos, on Flickr

During the 1930's the company produced the ADM which was powered by a variety of six-cylinder OHC engines. The final version as the ADM III which produced an impressive 110 horsepower.

The example shown is a 1925 Austro-Daimler 617 ADV 60HP Dual Cowl Phaeton. The chassis was completed in 1925 and the body was completed two years later. It was a wedding gift by Ella Lietner. Frau Leitner had the coachbuilders Lohnerwerk Wein finished the ADV as a phaeton with seating for ten. It was used to chauffeur guests of the Hotel Alpen Gasthof Unterer Eggl on their drives through the alpine country side.

As was done with many vehicles at the time of World War II, the car was stored away for safe keeping. The wheels were removed which may account for its existence in modern times. Nazi's were known for confiscating movable vehicles and using the metals for various purposes.

During the 1930's the company produced the ADM which was powered by a variety of six-cylinder OHC engines. The final version as the ADM III which produced an impressive 110 horsepower. An eight-cylinder engine was introduced in the late 1920s which powered their luxury vehicles (ADR 8 series).

1929 Austro-Daimler ADR 11/70 Innenlenker-Cabriolet Sport Victoria 1

1929 Austro-Daimler ADR 11/70 Innenlenker-Cabriolet Sport Victoria

1929 Austro-Daimler ADR 11/70 Innenlenker-Cabriolet Sport Victoria 2

Austro Daimler ADR 1928 blue vl1930 Austro Daimler ADR by stkone, on Flickr

Austro-Daimler ADR 11/70 PS LimousineAustro-Daimler ADR 11/70 PS Limousine by Raymondx1, on Flickr

Austro-Daimler ADR 11/70 PS Cabriolet

Austro-Daimler ADR 11/70 PS Cabriolet by Raymondx1, on Flickr

1930 Austro-Daimler ADR 8 4-door Cabriolet

1930 Austro-Daimler ADR 8 4-door Cabriolet

1932 Austro-Daimler ADR6 Bergmeister Spezial Cabriolet

1932 Austro-Daimler ADR6 Bergmeister Spezial Cabriolet

1932 Austro-Daimler ADR6 Bergmeister Spezial Cabriolet

1932 Austro-Daimler ADR6 Bergmeister Spezial Cabriolet

This Austro-Daimler 635 Sport 'Bergmeister' Cabriolet was an exclusive automobile. It was built in Austria and powered by a six-cylinder aluminum engine.

Austro Daimler Bergmeister

Austro Daimler Bergmeister by Christoph3D, on Flickr

It traces its sporting heritage to early Austro Daimler race cars designed by Ferdinand Porsche and the hill-climbing champions of 1928, 1929 and 1930 driven by Hans Stuck. Though the engine was not designed by Porsche - who moved to Daimler in the early 1920s, the engine incorporated several of Porsche's designs. Examples include the aluminum block and the overhead camshaft which is gear-driven.

The coachwork for this car was done by Armbruster. This vehicle was owned and exhibited by Austro Daimler at many European Concours d'Elegance.

And, for a dessert, a fantastic piece of Art Deco / Streamline Moderne, the Austro-Daimler ADR8 Alpine Sedan (1932, photos by dmentd, on Flickr; in case you'd like to see more of it, there's a 15-photos set):

Sources: Daniel Vaughan articles @ Conceptcarz (1, 2), Porsche via Cartype

Headline picture: 1930 Austro Daimler ADR radiator badge by stkone - Thanks for 4 Million views!, on Flickr

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