Porsche Automuseum Pfeifhofer in Gmünd, Carinthia, Austria
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.
Porsche shed outside of Gmünd, here in 2004© Stuttcars.com
In 2004 there was a wall with drawing showing what was here in the 1940s© Stuttcars.com
Gmünd was first mentioned in 1252. This nice quiet town has a few hotels for relaxing overnight stay.
Porsche Museum in Gmünd
Helmut Pfeifhofer (born 1938) founded the Porsche museum in his hometown in 1982. Since 2001 the museum is managed by Helmut Pfeifhofer’s son Christoph Pfeifhofer, who is also racing Porsche cars.
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.
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.