A Brief History of Audentia Motors
Audentia Motors was founded in 1955 by Sigurd Schaefer in Düsseldorf, Germany. Sigurd became the apprentice of a bicycle importer in Burschied in 1953. While working as an apprentice, Sigurd was also developing his skills in engineering, design, and construction. Sigurd’s dream was to build an automobile company that would forever be known as one of the all-time greats. In 1955 Sigurd had founded Audentia Motors with his lifelong friend, Burnie Reiner, and his wife, Serena.
Sigurd Schaefer’s dream was to create a company that would never be forgotten, thus the Latin word Audentia, meaning courage and boldness, was chosen. The company’s logo was designed by Sigurd’s wife, Serena. The three parts of the circle symbolically represent the three founding members of Audentia Motors.
Creating the car company that Audentia is today, was by no means an easy task. It wasn’t until 1965 that an Audentia even showed up on a racetrack. Audentia’s true claim to fame was with the 1961 Astolfo. The company masterfully combined the engineering prowess of Germany with the contemporary styling of many exotic cars within Europe. The company experienced steady growth from the mid-60s to mid-70s. Unfortunately, the company cracked under their wild success and in 1974 the company seemed to have hit the height of its success. Four years later Sigurd Schaefer died of stomach cancer, the death of the companies creative force led to an exponential decline in sales, nearly landing the company in bankruptcy. However, Sigurd’s son, Gabriel took over the company in 1990 and began revitalizing the dying company. Gabriel began changing the way Audentia looked and operated, pouring radical new ideas and money into their cars. By the late 2000s, the company’s glory had been restored and has since been one of the most prestigious car companies in the world.