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The Badger and F.W.D. Four-Wheel Drive Automobiles

The 1910 FWD Badger Car in Clintonville Wisconsin

Machinists Otto Zachow and his brother-in-law, William Besserdich, both of Clintonville, Wisconsin, designed a front drive axle with steerable hubs containing universal joints possibly as early as 1906. The axle was followed up with a transfer case and driveshafts suitable for a four-wheel drive vehicle. During the summer of 1907 patent applications (the patent drawings can…

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