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  Austro-Daimler 22/86 'Prinz Heinrich'
 

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Country of origin:Austria
Produced from:1911 - 1914
Numbers built:Around 50
Designed by:Ernst Neumann-Neander for Austro Daimler
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 16, 2011
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAfter the successful Prinz Heinrich trial, several of the privately owned competition cars were used on the road, which inspired Austro-Daimler to produce a limited number of road going 'replicas'. With its refined chassis and sophisticated engine, the 1911 Austro-Daimler 22/86 ps 'Prinz Heinrich' could rightly be considered the very first production sports car. The only compromise was the use of a shaft-driven live axle, which was more maintenance friendly than the chain drive.

Initially a run of 100 examples was planned but is believed that around 50 were built when production ceased for obvious reasons in 1914. The high performance road car was available with the Lohner 'tulip' body but also as a rolling chassis for others to cloth. Among the owners of the 22/86 ps Prinz Heinrich Austro-Daimler were some of Europe's and America's most prominent motorists.

Although he already was up and coming, the Prinz Heinrich competition and road car firmly established Porsche as one of his time's most prominent engineers. The four-cylinder engined machine certainly paved the way for a career that would culminate in the company that bares his name and still adheres to Ferdinand Porsche's principles.

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