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Puch 500

After World War 2, the Steyr-Daimler-Puch works in Graz were focused on the production of two-wheelers. In the mid 50s, it became clear that with higher living standards, passenger cars would be an important part of the future business, so the development of the Puch 500 was started. In 1956, the decision was made to use the body of the Fiat 500 Nuova to save costs, but the engine as well as the rear axle assembly including the gearbox came from Steyr-Daimler-Puch. The famous Puch two-cylinder boxer engine with 500 cc was later on also used as a 650 cc version for the Haflinger and for other applications. Series production started in 1957 and ended in early 1973.

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