<b>c. 1912 AUSTRO DAIMLER/AUSTRIAN DAIMLER TOURING VICTORIA</b><br />Engine no. 230 (See text)
Lot 421
Featured in movies including Chaplin and Titanic
c. 1912 AUSTRO DAIMLER/AUSTRIAN DAIMLER TOURING VICTORIA
Sold for US$ 176,000 inc. premium

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Featured in movies including Chaplin and Titanic
c. 1912 AUSTRO DAIMLER/AUSTRIAN DAIMLER TOURING VICTORIA
Engine no. 230 (See text)

AUSTRIAN DAIMLER

Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft had been in business for nine years when it licensed production in Austria to Eduard Fischer's engineering company, Bierenz Fischer. Paul Daimler, son of the German company's founder, Gottleib Daimler, became technical director of Austro-Daimler in 1901 and was succeeded by Ferdinand Porsche in 1905. The Austrian company became financially independent of its German parent soon after and from then onwards it products began to take on a character all of their own. One of the first in-house Austro-Daimler designs was inspired by Austrian businessman Emil Jellinek, who had commissioned the first Mercedes model from the German Daimler company in 1900. This was the Maja named, like the Mercedes, after one of Jellinek's daughters. Powered by a 4.5-liter, four-cylinder, 'T-head' side-valve engine, the Maja was marketed as an Austro-Daimler from 1909 and continued in production until 1914. Its success in the 1909 Prince Henry Trial prompted Ferdinand Porsche to design a more competition-orientated model for the next year's event. A four-cylinder like the Maja, this was nevertheless a much more adventurous design, boasting a single overhead camshaft operating inclined valves and producing 95bhp from 5.7 liters, making it the most powerful Austro-Daimler though by no means the largest.

Clad in aerodynamic coachwork designed by Ernst Neumann-Neander, five were entered in the 1910 Prince Henry Trial finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd while the remaining two came home in the top ten. Porsche had demonstrated convincingly that a relatively small yet efficient engine with a high specific power output could defeat larger and (inevitably) heavier designs: the sports car had arrived. This lesson was put to good use in the following 2.2-liter 9/30hp and 3.5-liter 14/32hp models, which dominated the Alpine Trial in 1911 and 1912.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

In 1913 contemporary British motoring publications included advertisements for an Austrian Daimler, which to all intents and purposes appears to have been a further extension of the Austrian license into the U.K. It would appear that this car is one of very few, or perhaps the only survivor of that venture.

The car wears a bold brass radiator with Austrian Daimler on it, albeit this is the sole marking with that name and there is no manufacturer's chassis plate to support that.
At first glance, it might be assumed that the powerplant were one of the stock Daimler T-Heads of this era, but closer inspection reveals it to be a rare Wisconsin M-Series behemoth. These famed 5 3/4 by 7 inch, 11.9 liter engines are much coveted, and it is imagined that even with a car of this presence that it would propel it at a considerable pace! That power plant is known to have been in the car when it was purchased for the collection and is configuration and consistent condition with the rest of its surroundings suggests that it may have been present from its early days.

As the radiator alludes to British origins, so too does its high sided bodywork which appears to be entirely consistent with teen era coachwork from companies such as Barker, Mulliner and the like, and while no coachbuilder plaques are present, its floorboards are clearly numbered with the number 5639, suggesting construction by a well-established house. The presence of English CAV headlamps and switchgear for them also seems to tie this into origins from Great Britain.

According to notes in the Bothwell archives, the car was acquired by Lindley Bothwell in the 1960s and was part of an exchange which involved a Rambler car with Ken Manley. Another car that was on occasion used for motion picture decoration, this is in a scene in the 1992 movie Chaplin.

A striking and impressive Brass Era Touring car, its condition is somewhat aged, but certainly deserving of refurbishment, and it would surely make a statement on any concours lawn or tour in due course.

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