In 1913 Rabe worked with Ferdinand Porsche at Austro-Daimler, where he became design office manager in 1923 after Porsche moved to Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. In 1927 Rabe moved to Steyr-Werke where he was to again work with Porsche who joined the company two years later in 1929. The careers of Karl Rabe and Ferdinand Porsche were linked from this point on. When Porsche founded his design company in 1931, Rabe was given the position of chief designer. Rabe filed many patents used in the Volkswagen and early Porsche cars, including articulated differential gears, cylinder heads and several production methods. He helped Ferdinand Porsche to develop the Porsche's transmissions. In 1947 Ferry Porsche and Karl Rabe began designing an open two-seater sports car based on VW components which was to become the Porsche 356. Rabe was the chief designer at the Porsche company until he retired at the end of 1965 and continued to work as a consultant to Porsche after this date until he died in 1968.

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