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The car was designed by Ing. Karl Jenschke, who had worked at the Steyr works since 1922: work on designing an aircraft engine in collaboration with en- gine design specialist Karl Wagner ulti- mately resulted in the development of a small water-cooled four-cylinder boxer engine as the basis of a small car. The Steyr 50 was produced by Steyr-Daim- ler-Puch between 1936 and 1938, then overhauled and re-released onto the market with a more powerful engine as the Steyr 55. A total of 13,000 cars of both models were produced. The Steyr 50 cost 4,500 Schilling, the 55, 5,000 Schilling, which was not exactly cheap at the time. In 1940 production was halted because of the war. Small, but impressive! The requirement was that the car should provide suf cient space for four peo- ple with luggage. It must also be able to cope with the mountains, which it more than proved in a test drive over the Katschberg mountain. The necessary power was provided by the previously mentioned four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 978 cubic centimetres and 22 HP at 3,800 revs per minute; with its four-speed gear box, the Steyr 50 achie- ved a maximum speed of 90 km/h. The streamlined, self-supporting chassis en- sured a low intrinsic weight whilst provid- ing maximum stability. By the standards of the day, the interior was roomy; thanks to the large rear-hinged doors, the rear passengers had easy access. A spare wheel, in a separate compartment, and a sunroof were included as standard. The Steyr Baby was lauded as a spa- cious, safe, high-performance and prac- tical car, and its capabilities on the steep Alpine roads were much vaunted. It was also considered high quality, economic in consumption and cheap to maintain. A small car as a full-size car – a true “Volks- wagen”, which remains legendary to this day.