Ferdinand Lehder was born in October 1913 in Neu-Isenburg in central Germany. He built his first small car, the LTE Juwel, in 1948 to German kleinstrennwagen rules. Ferdi and his eigenbau showed pace from the beginning and he was able to take the fight to the production Scampolos, taking a couple of podiums in his first year and three wins in his second to make second overall in the inaugural 1949 West German Championship to Walter Komossa's Scampolo.
Ferdi's results for the Juwel :
At the end of 1949, we believe he sold the car to East German, Bobby Kohlrausch who renamed it GvB. Ferdi then built his second car, the LTE Brillant for the 1950 season, the first year of 500cc Formula 3 regulations in Germany. While the car was well engineered, it was s little large and proved to be no better than its predecessor, Ferdi taking one win and two podiums to end the year in second again, this time to Toni Kreuzer in his Cooper Mk IV.
Ferdi's results for the Brillant:
Lehder then moved to record-breaking, in collaboration with George von Opel. They built a 500cc car for NSU and Ferdi set a series of records in October 1951 on a German Autobahn.
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