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1960 1962 A hobby becomes a career – founder Helmut Feierabend 1964 “You can have my Balilla for 400 Marks, I’m going abroad”. That’s how it all started. 1966 After an accident the student Hubertus Wolf let Helmut Feierabend have the car. 1968 1970 1972 A passion is ignited. 1974 How a battered little Fiat changes the life of Helmut Feierabend. 19781976 The late 1950s, rock ‘n’ roll, petticoats, Sputnik crisis Where Hubertus Wolf got the Italian runabout from 1980 – and economic miracle. Germany is full of new con- remains hidden in the obscurity of post-war history. 1982 fidence and joie de vivre, the standard of living is All we know for sure is that the vehicle was built some 1984 improving noticeably and people are buying fridges, time around 1934 and, along with the somewhat busi- televisions and cars – mostly from Wolfsburg. And yet: nesslike model number 508, it also had the illustrious 1986 very few people have the money for a new car – most of name of “Balilla”. 1988 them are happy if they can even afford a set of wheels, however old and battered it may be. The inevitable finally happened in 1959: the speedy 1990 student had a serious accident in his Balilla and the 1992 and independence. Nevertheless, improvisation was didn’t stop its owner from patching it up with plaster 1994whole thing was a virtual write-off. However, this Even back then, mobility meant a degree of freedom still the order of the day in many areas, including bandages and fervent prayer and setting out once more 1996 road traffic, where the police and vehicle inspectors on his weekend jaunts. 1998 occasionally turned a blind eye. This is the only way 2000 to explain how the student Hubertus Wolf was able Then one day came the fateful encounter that would to roar through Würzburg like a wild beast at the change the life of Helmut Feierabend forever: he 2002 weekends in his pre-war Fiat 508. By today’s standards saw the Balilla and instantly fell in love with the 2004 but roadworthy, and the way in which the young man always been there but was only brought to life by 2006car. It ignited a passion in him that had probably the little two-seater roadster was probably anything drove flouted all the regulations. the Balilla. 2008 2010 2012 2014 – 5 –


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