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Porsche is completely renovating a 1920s model, the Austro-Daimler Sascha!

For the centenary of one of its first racing cars, Porsche decides to completely renovate it. This is the Porsche Austro-Daimler Sascha!

Passionate of old sports cars? Then you might be very interested in the new work of the Department of Porsche dedicated to restorations. For the centenary of one of its oldest sports vehicles, the German brand has set about its renovation. This is the Porsche Austro-Daimler Sascha, a vehicle that dates from 1922!

It should all the same be noted that this model was designed in the beginnings of the activity of the German manufacturer. It was Ferdinand Porsche himself, the founder of Porsche, who was behind it! A personal story is even hidden behind the Porsche Austro-Daimler Sascha, since it was named in reference to a friend of the founder, Sascha Kolowrat-Krakowsky. In short, it is a beautiful story that is reborn today from its ashes.

The revival of a very old racing model from Porsche

The Porsche Austro-Daimler Sascha is one of the oldest sports vehicles from Porsche and, at the same time, in history. Ferdinand Porsche had been strongly encouraged by one of his friends, this famous Sascha Kolowrat-Krakowskyto build a lighter racing model and smaller than those then offered. He therefore embarked on the design of this vehicle in the 1920s. Its construction was finally completed in 1922.

For the time, you have to realize the small revolution that the Austro-Daimler Sascha represented. She was pushed by no less than 1100 horsepower, which was not popular at the time. This car was driven by a four cylinder engine with eight canted overhead valves and two tapered overhead camshafts. This type of engine thus precedes those used in certain models of Porsche 356 Carrera. In terms of speed, this Porsche still reached a top speed of 144 km/h!

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A disastrous fate for the Porsche Austro-Daimler Sascha

However, the success of this vehicle was not resounding. He started his racing career on le circuit du Targa Florio, in Italy. But the vehicle did not convince the board of directors of Austro-Daimler, for whom Ferdinand Porsche then worked. The company refuses to give in to the demands of the founder of Porsche, who wanted to produce it in series. It is moreover the beginning of the Porsche adventure in a way, since this refusal of Austro-Daimler pushes Ferdinand Porsche to leave the company.

Today, Porsche has decided to give a second life for the Austro-Daimler Sascha. It has been beautifully renovated. Nevertheless, let’s not dream too much, it will not be on sale. In any case, not for the moment. Porsche’s plan is obviously rather to leave it in its famous museum, where the old, unrestored model was already on display.

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