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Ferdinand Porsche

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  • Ferdinand Porsche is born

  • Attends Imperial Technical School until 18

    Managed to attend classes at the Imperial Technical School in Reichenberg at night while helping his father in his mechanical shop by day.
  • Bela Egger Electrical Company

    Bela Egger Electrical Company
    Thanks to a referral he landed a job with the Bela Egger Electrical company in Vienna
  • Electric Hub Motor

    Electric Hub Motor
    During his five years there, he first developed the electric hub motor
  • Joined Jakob Lohner & Co.

    Joined Vienna based factory Jakob Lohner & Co. which produced coaches for Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria as well as kings of other regions(Jakob Lohner began construction of automobiles in 1896)
  • System Lohner-Porsche

    System Lohner-Porsche
    First design was the System Lohner-Porsche, a carriage like car driven by two electric motors fitted within the front wheel hubs, powered by batteries
  • First design was ordered by Englishman E. W. Hart

    First design was ordered by Englishman E. W. Hart
  • Car was presented at Paris World Exhibition under the name Toujours-Contente

    Car was presented at Paris World Exhibition under the name Toujours-Contente
    Car was presented at Paris World Exhibition under the name Toujours-Contente
  • Mixte Introduced

    Introduced the Mixte vehicle which used an internal combustion engine(first petroleum electric hybrid vehicle on record)
  • -1906 300 Lohner-Porsche chassis were sold

    Over 300 Lohner-Porsche chassis were sold
  • Won Exelberg Rally

    Won Exelberg Rally
    The 35 mph carriage won the Exelberg Rally with Porsche himself piloting it
  • Drafted Into Military Service

    Drafted into military service and served as a chauffeur to Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria
  • Married Aloisia Johanna Kaes

    Married Aloisia Johanna Kaes Porsche
  • Louisa Porsche was born

    Louisa Porsche was born
  • Recognized with the Poetting Prize

    Recognized with the Poetting Prize
    Recognized with the Poetting Prize as Austria’s most outstanding automotive engineer
  • Austro-Daimler recruited Porsche as their chief designer

    Austro-Daimler recruited Porsche as their chief designer
  • Ferry Porsche is born

    Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche(Ferry) is born to Ferdinand and Aloisia Johanna Kaes
  • Prince Henry Trial's Car

    Prince Henry Trial's Car
    His best known Austro-Daimler car was designed for the Prince Henry Trial with a top speed of 85 mph
  • Advanced to managing director

    Advanced to managing director
  • received the honorary doctorate degree from the Vienna University of Technology

    received the honorary doctorate degree from the Vienna University of Technology
  • Successfully continued to construct racing cars with Austro-Daimler

    Successfully continued to construct racing cars with Austro-Daimler
  • His 1922 design won 43 out of 53 races

    His 1922 design won 43 out of 53 races
    His 1922 design won 43 out of 53 races
  • Left Austro-Daimler

    Left Austro-Daimler after differences ensued about the future direction of car development
  • Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft's Technical Director

    Landed a job as Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft’s Technical Director in Stuttgart, Weimar Germany which was already a major hub for the German automotive industry then
  • Came up with several very successful race car designs

    Came up with several very successful race car designs
  • Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft’s and Benz & Cie merged

    Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft’s and Benz & Cie merged into Daimler-Benz with their joint products beginning to be called Mercedes-Benz
  • His concept of a small, lightweight car was not popular on their board

    His concept of a small, lightweight car was not popular on their board
  • Left for Steyr Automobile

    Left for Steyr Automobile but the Great depression brought about Steyr’s economic collapse and Porsche ended up being unemployed
  • Consulting Firm

    Founded his consulting firm in Stuttgart where he returned and recruited several old co-workers he befriended at his former places of employment
  • First project was the design of a middle class car for Wanderer

    First project was the design of a middle class car for Wanderer
  • Other commissioned designs followed

    Other commissioned designs followed
  • Worked On Some Designs Such As The Type 12

    Worked On Some Designs Such As The Type 12
    Worked on some of his own designs such as the Type 12 as well which happened to be a reincarnation of the small car concept from his days at Daimler-Benz which he financed with a loan on his life insurance and was later sponsored by Zundapp but later lost interest after their success with motorcycles
  • founded a subsidiary company called Hachleistungs Motor GmbH de

    With car commissions low in the depressed economic climate, he founded a subsidiary company called Hachleistungs Motor GmbH de develop a racing car which he had no customer for
  • The experimental P-Wagen project was born

    The experimental P-Wagen project was born
    The experimental P-Wagen project was born
  • Auto Union Gmbh was formed comprising struggling auto manufacturers Audi, DKW,Horch, and Wanderer

    Auto Union Gmbh was formed comprising struggling auto manufacturers Audi, DKW,Horch, and Wanderer
  • Show Piece

    The chairman of the board of directors, Baron Klaus von Oertzen wanted a show piece project, so at fellow director Adolf Rosenberger’s insistence, von Oertzen met with Porsche, who had done work for him before
  • 1933 Berlin Motor Show

    1933 Berlin Motor Show
    At the 1933 Berlin Motor Show, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler announced two new programs being the people’s car(every German should own a car or tractor in the future) and a state-sponsored motor racing programme(to develop a high speed German automotive industry)
  • The announcement led to two projects and set a precedent for the rest of the decade with Porsche accepting further projects form Nazi Germany, latterly including military vehicles from the Panzer, Tiger Tank and the Elefant tank destroyer

    The announcement led to two projects and set a precedent for the rest of the decade with Porsche accepting further projects form Nazi Germany, latterly including military vehicles from the Panzer, Tiger Tank and the Elefant tank destroyer
  • Received Contract from Hitler

    Porsche received a contract from Hitler to design a people’s car (or Volkswagen) following such designs as the 1931 Type 12 car
  • First two prototype cars were completed

    First two prototype cars were completed
  • Several further pre-production batches were followed

    Several further pre-production batches were followed
  • A new city, Stadt des KdF-Wagens was founded near Fallersleben by Volkswagen for a new factory

    A new city, Stadt des KdF-Wagens was founded near Fallersleben by Volkswagen for a new factory
  • Wartime production concentrated almost exclusively on the military Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen variants

    Wartime production concentrated almost exclusively on the military Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen variants
  • Mass production of the car which later became known as the Beetle commenced after the end of the war

    Mass production of the car which later became known as the Beetle commenced after the end of the war
    Mass production of the car which later became known as the Beetle commenced after the end of the war
  • Ferry was set free soon but Ferdinand and Anton were held in Dijon prison for 20 months without trial

    Ferry was set free soon but Ferdinand and Anton were held in Dijon prison for 20 months without trial
  • Ferry tried to keep the company in business and they also repaired cars, water pumps, and winches

    Ferry tried to keep the company in business and they also repaired cars, water pumps, and winches
  • Porsche was asked to continue the design of the Volkswagen in France

    Porsche was asked to continue the design of the Volkswagen in France
  • Differences within the French government and objections from the French automotive industry put a halt to this project before it had even begun

    Differences within the French government and objections from the French automotive industry put a halt to this project before it had even begun
  • French authorities arrested Porsche, Anton Piech, and Ferry Porsche(his son) as war criminals

    French authorities arrested Porsche, Anton Piech, and Ferry Porsche as war criminals
  • A contract with Piero Dusio was completed for a Grand Prix motor racing car that never went into racing but the money it raised was used to get his father out of prison

    A contract with Piero Dusio was completed for a Grand Prix motor racing car that never went into racing but the money it raised was used to get his father out of prison
  • The company started working on a new design, the Porsche 356, the first car to carry the Porsche brand

    The company started working on a new design, the Porsche 356, the first car to carry the Porsche brand
  • The company was located in Gmund Carinthia at the time because they evacuated from Stuttgart to avoid Allied bomb raids, 49 Porsche 356’s were manufactured in an old saw mill all built entirely by manual labor

    The company was located in Gmund Carinthia at the time because they evacuated from Stuttgart to avoid Allied bomb raids, 49 Porsche 356’s were manufactured in an old saw mill all built entirely by manual labor
  • The Porsche family returned to Stuttgart not knowing how to restart their business

    The Porsche family returned to Stuttgart not knowing how to restart their business
  • Ferry Porsche took one of the limited series 356 models from Gmund and visited Volkswagen dealers to raise some orders and asked them to pay in advance

    Ferry Porsche took one of the limited series 356 models from Gmund and visited Volkswagen dealers to raise some orders and asked them to pay in advance
  • -1966 More than 78,000 Porsche 356’s were manufactured

    -1966 More than 78,000 Porsche 356’s were manufactured
    More than 78,000 Porsche 356’s were manufactured
  • Later contracted by Volkswagen for additional consulting work and received a royalty on every Volkswagen Type I(Beetle) car manufactured which provided Porsche with a comfortable financial situation as more than 20 million Type I were built

    Later contracted by Volkswagen for additional consulting work and received a royalty on every Volkswagen Type I(Beetle) car manufactured which provided Porsche with a comfortable financial situation as more than 20 million Type I were built
  • Visited the Wolfsburg Volkswagen factory for the first time since the end of World War II

    Visited the Wolfsburg Volkswagen factory for the first time since the end of World War II
  • Porsche suffered a stroke

    Porsche suffered a stroke
  • He did not fully recover and died at the age of 75

    He did not fully recover and died at the age of 75
    He did not fully recover and died at the age of 75
  • Was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame

    Was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame
  • Won the award of Car engineer of the Century

    Won the award of Car engineer of the Century