Now on exhibit at fahr(T)raum: the world´s only Austro Daimler ADV Boat Tail!

The last design which Ferdinand Porsche engineered as technical director for Austro Daimler is now on display at fahr(T)raum Mattsee: the Austro Daimler ADV Boat Tail. It was built in Wiener Neustadt in 1923, but it received its unique chassis – the « Boat Tail » – in the 1950s in the USA.

The ADV is a six-cylinder with a displacement of 4430 ccm, 59 hp and a top speed of 100 kph. It is a further development of the well-known AD six-cylinder vehicle and was considered a luxury class passenger car. Unlike the AD, the ADV had four-wheel brakes (therefore the V = vier, 4). The block motor forms a unit with clutch, transmission, steering and cooling, which is flanged to the chassis accordingly. Production of the ADV ended in 1927 without a successor.

In 1945, Colonel James Withbread discovered this model in the Ausseerland and took it to the USA, where it was driven and restored between 1945 and 1953. This is where its famous « boat tail » was added, which was supposed to express the boat owner Withbread´s passion for sailing.

The special « stern » makes the ADV a unique collector’s item worldwide. Not only that, but it is in perfect condition, ready to drive and on display at fahr(T)raum Mattsee now.