Another Porsche Classic... [PIC]
From 1906 to 1923, Ferdinand Porsche was the chief designer for the Austro-Daimler Autoworks. !923, he was hired by Mercedes (Daimler-Benz) where he began designing successful racing and sports cars with or without superchargers. Where Mercedes preferred to produce LWB touring cars, Porsche preferred shorter wheel base high performance vehicles. As a touring car, his crowning achievement was the Model K series with a shorter wheel base powered by his 6¼ liter 8 cylinder producing a standard 110hp or 160hp with a Roots type supercharger. This 1926 Model K is called a Transformable Torpedo with coachwork by Jacques Saoutchik of Paris. "Transformable" refers to the top's ability to be folded up and hidden in the trunk. Although the K series was innovative and and successful with the performance and luxury it offered, Porsche's insistence that this should be the future of Mercedes lead to their parting and Porsche taking a lead position at Steyr Automotive in 1929.
another great photo and history essay! thanks Rich
Wow! Love both the car and your post. Thanks once again.