Porsche automuseum Pfeifhofer

Gmünd, Carinthia, Austria

© James Herne

Porsche near Gmünd in 1944-1949

As the Porsche construction office had to move away from Stuttgart's bombing raids, in 1944 a new location was set up near Gmünd in Carinthia (Gmünd in Kärnten), Austria. It was 320 miles/515 km from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The Porsche construction office started to work in wooden sheds of a former sawmill. During the difficult period, many projects not related to cars (tractors, cable pull for mountain skiers, mining winch etc.) were also carried out. In addition to different machinery, Gmünd is the birthplace of the Porsche type 360 Cisitalia Formula 1 car drawings, the 1948 Porsche 356/1 roadster prototype and the 356/2 coupes and convertibles.

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Design office © Porsche
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Houses quickly built on Gries an der Lieser street in Gmünd using Heraklith wood-wool panels. Ferdinand Porsche, head designer Karl Rabe and others lived in these houses. © Porsche
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The workshop and the auto body shop were housed here. Around 300 people worked for Porsche in Gmünd.© Porsche
1948 Gmünd. Exterior designer Erwin Komenda, Ferry Porsche, Ferdinand Porsche, 356 no.1© Porsche
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1948 Porsche 356/2 Gmünd coupé with aluminium body© Porsche
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Porsche shed outside of Gmünd, here in 2004 © James Herne
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In 2004 there was a wall with drawing showing what was here in the 1940s © James Herne
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2015: the wall with drawings is gone © James Herne
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Gmünd


Gmünd was first mentioned in 1252. This nice quiet town has a few hotels for relaxing overnight stay.

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The town of Gmünd © James Herne
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Central square of the little town© James Herne

Porsche museum in Gmünd

Helmut Pfeifhofer (born 1938) founded the Porsche museum in his hometown in 1982.

Helmut Pfeifhofer at his newly founded museum beside the aluminium 356/2 no. 20 built in Gmünd© Automuseum Pfeifhofer

Since 2001 the museum is managed by Helmut Pfeifhofer's son Christoph Pfeifhofer, who is also racing Porsche cars.


Selection of photos from different visits to the museum

Please note: the exhibits are in rotation with cars from Porsche museum in Stuttgart and with private collectors, so you never know which gems you will see once you get to the museum in Gmünd.

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356/2 no.20 © James Herne
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Porsche 906 Carrera 6 © James Herne
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962 for IMSA GTP class © James Herne
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This cut 968 is from Stuttgart © James Herne
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Austrian police used the 911 997 Carrera only for 6 months as it was not practical © James Herne
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The type 87 "Kommandeurwagen" had 4WD and was widened by 4"/10 cm. Only 4 cars were made. © James Herne
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Porsche 597© James Herne
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The Pfeifhofer Porsche museum is open every day all year round. For information see auto-museum.at

When you are travelling to Gmünd to see the museum, you want to see the former location of the Porsche company. It is outside of Gmünd and you need to ask for the directions at the museum.


Article © James Herne / Stuttcars.com


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