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#1 antonvrs

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 00:15

Hruska is noted for his work at Alfa Romeo but wasn't he involved with design and development of the 8V at Fiat? has anyone done a biography of this engineer?


#2 David McKinney

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 05:19

I don't know of any association with Fiat until the later 1950s

Austrian-born Rudolf Hrsuka (1915-95), started working for Magirus trucks at the age of 20, and joined the Porsche studio three years later, in 1938. Worked on the KdF-wagen (Volkswagen) and during WW2 on the Kübelwagen and the Tiger tank

Early in 1945 went to OM in Italy to discuss manufacturing components for them, but was stopped at Merano, on the border, and decided to stay there. There he met Carlo Abarth, and with him established an Italian branch of the bureau. Liaised between Porsche and Dusio on the Cisitalia 360 project, then replaced Savonuzzi as chief engineer of the company.

When Dusio approached Peron with the idea of building Cisitalias in Argentina, Hruska was sent to check it out. The government agreed to establish the state-owned Automotores Argentinos which would produce cars

Carlo Dusio meanwhile rook over the GP project, and the first car was completed in time to be displayed at 1950 Turin Show. The following year it went to Argentina and, finally, raced as the Autoar in 1953

From 1951 Hrushka worked for the Italian government, contributing to the design of the Alfa Romeo 1900 saloon and, primarily, modernising production methods

Appointed Alfa’s technical manager in 1954, helping Satta Puliga on the Giulietta and also looking after commercial vehicle projects, but left for political reasons. Then worked on Simca 1000 and Fiat 124 and 128 designs

Returned to Alfa Romeo (now under new management) 1967 and designed the Alfasud from scratch, and set up its new factory, before returning to Arese as head of design, research and development until his retirement in 1980

#3 antonvrs

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 05:23

Thank you, David.

#4 Hans Etzrodt

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:35

...has anyone done a biography of this engineer?...

Martin Pfundner has a brief story about the Vienna born Rudolf Hruska in his 2006 published book "Die Auto-Österreicher". During Hruska's years with Alfa Romeo starting in 1951 and 1968 or longer, there was a period inbetween, 1959 to 1967, where he worked possibly with Fiat and Simca, not knowing his function there or other details.