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Ferdinand Porsche
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Ferdinand Porsche

Biography in tabular form
1875Ferdinand Porsche born in Maffersdorf (then Austria, now Czech. Republic).
1889He learned the tinsmith craft (plumber, metal) in the family business. 'Fanatic' interest in electricity. Evening courses at the trade school in Reichenbach.
1893Beginning of a apprenticeship (Vereinigte Elektrizitäts-AG Egger, later Brown Boveri, Vienna), simultaneously guest student at the Technical University.
1896Patent on wheel hub motor.
1897Head of the testing room at Egger.
1898Technical director at the carriage factory Lohner, constructor especially for serial hybrids.
1899Construction of Lohner-Porsche-wheel hub car.
1900Porsche participants at Semmering-Bergrennen
1900The Lohner-Porsche with electric wheel hub engines receives the grand prize at the World Exhibition in Paris.
1901Conversion Lohner-Porsche with petrol generator (Hybrid), racing version, participation in the Paris-Bordeaux car racing.
1903Ferdinand Porsche marries Aloysia Kaes (daughter of a tailor).
1904Louise the first child.
1904Porsche designed hybrid vehicles for Lohner.
1905Highest Austrian honour by Pötting Prize.
1906After 1 million Kronen development costs at Lohner Porsche changes as the successor of Paul Daimler and chief designer to the board of Austro-Daimler, audience by Kaiser Franz-Joseph.
1909Second child, Ferdinand (Ferry), Silver Plaque at the long distance race "Prinz-Heinrich-Fahrt". (picture 2)
1910Porsche wins as a racer at a stage of the Prince Heinrich Rally, the first three places for Austro-Daimler
1912Austro-Daimler fire truck (figure 3), 4-cyl., 2.020 cm³, 15 kW (20 HP)
1914World War I, 6 traction engines with wheel hub motors pull Skoda mortar
1915Petrol motor tractor for military and farmers (picture 4)
1915R6 airplane engine, 88 kW (120 hp) (picture 5), and later V12, 30 liter, 281 kW (382 hp)
1916General manager at Austro-Daimler
1916Officer's Cross of the Franz-Joseph medal
1916Porsche builds at Austro-Daimler also trolleybuses and transport systems, will general manager.
1917Doctor honoris causa (honorary doctorate) at the Technical University of Vienna
1922Porsche constructs 1.1-liter light car 'Sascha' and Austro-Daimler gets thus class victory Targa Florio, 19th in list of general classification
1923Porsche and Austro-Daimler main shareholder increasingly divided over the direction of development and business practices, he changes as chief engineer to Daimler in Stuttgart, once again as the successor of Paul Daimler.
1924By Porsche redesigned Mercedes wins the Targa Florio, villa built at the Killesberg (Stuttgart).
1924Doctor honoris causa of the Technical University of Stuttgart
1926Type Kurz (short) with compressor, 81/118 kW (110/160 hp)
1927Type Sport with compressor, 88/118 kW (120/160 hp)
1928Type Supersport with compressor, 118/147 kW (160/200 hp), Louise Porsche marries Anton Piech, and moves to Vienna.
1928Construction Austria
1929Porsche quits due to disagreement with the Board of Daimler, change to Steyr (Austria).
1930Bankruptcy at Steyr, takeover by Austro-Daimler society
1931Own company - construction office in Stuttgart, important employees (Rabe (picture 6), Riemspieß Mickl, Komeda) from previous employment, his son Ferry also active in the company.
1931Middle class six-cylinder for Wanderer.
1931Patent on torsion bar suspension, license fees e.g. also from Alfa.
1932Journey to Moscow, refusing an offer from the USSR (Stalin), to relocate there the focus of his engineering work
1932Small car project for Zündapp
1933Hitler's rise to power
1933Auto-Union Type C, small car project for NSU (Beetle precursor)
1933National Socialists support motor racing massively
1933Conversation Porsche with Hitler, with the request, also Auto-Union to participate in the state subsidies. Result: RM 500,000 each for Daimler-Benz and Auto Union
1934Construction contract with the National Socialist Government concerning the construction of the Volkswagen 19 kW (26 hp), 650 kg in just 10 months at a price of 990, - RM (!), Association of German Automobile Industry should assist.
1934Volkswagen predecessor with different engines, even with horizontal radial engine rear
1935Project has been delayed by lack of support from the Association of German Automobile Industry
1935Porsche constructs Auto Union P Type A/B 217/276 kW (295/375 hp)
1936Auto Union dominates the European racing, Auto Union Type C P 382 kW (520 hp)
19363 test models are finished, originated in the garage close to Porsche's villa, now a total of approximately 50,000 km test drive through the Association of German Automobile Industry. (management son Ferry)
1936Porsche's first extended trip to America (Ford, GM, Packard inter alia)
1937Porsche Managing Director of the Society for the preparation of the Volkswagen, 30 pre-production vehicles will be partially built by Daimler-Benz in Stuttgart, together about 2 million test kilometers
1937Porsche's second trip to America (Ford), 11 German-born specialists recruited.
1937Silver Arrows of Auto Union's closest rival for Mercedes, Auto Union Type C wins in HSA (Westbury, New York)
1938The Strength Through Joy (KdF) organization of the German Labour Front (forced union of the Nazis) is funding the Volkswagen project and rename it.
1938First stone laying in Fallersleben (later Wolfsburg) with great pomp, 500,000 cars a year planned.
1938Construction start mostly with Italian unemployed, German workers toiling at the Western Wall (western border of Germany).
1938National Price + title of professor e.g. even to Professor Porsche
1938With 5 RM per week you can theoretically save up 'KdF'-cars (1000 - + 200, - insurance) in five years', a total of over 300,000 savings plans are completed, without ever fulfilled, and later small compensation from VW factory.
1938Porsche's third trip to America
1939Beginning of World War II
1939Shell construction of the factory done, planned city only about 10%
1940On the chassis of the Volkswagen convertible is developed the Kübelwagen with 1.1 liters and 18 kW (25 hp) and more ground clearance. The VW plant will produce next to cars especially military equipment. To keep the production running, more and more forced workers and concentration camp inmates were used.
1942Son in law Dr. Anton Piech largely takes over leadership of the VW plant, Porsche head of the tank commission
1942In principle factory completed, amphibious vehicles developed, German workers are increasingly replaced through prisoners of war and concentration camp prisoners.
1942Kübelwagen is required, especially in Africa and the East (66,000 total with amphibious vehicles.
1943Amphibious vehicles, tank "mouse" (150 t) does not fit through railway tunnels, the end boss tank commission.
1944Factory destroyed by bombing in major parts, head office must be moved from Stuttgart to Gmünd/Austria.
1945End of the war, and (together with Anton Piech) 1 1/2 years in prison without trial in France.
1946Attempts have been made in France, winning Porsches know how for the development of the 4 CV?
1947High bailment (for release from prison) can be made from developing order of Cisitalia.
1950Official visit of the VW plant in Wolfsburg
195113.1. death in Stuttgart
2000Ferdinand Porsche is elected from 132 motoring journalists from 33 countries to the Designer of the Century.

From 1954 license fees per Beetle 1 DM (about 20 million total)