Saturday, April 07, 2012

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche dies at 76; Porsche 911 designer

"Mr. Porsche Dead at 76" - A designer in the illustrious German automaking family, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche shaped the famed 911 sports car and the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who designed the first 911 sports car and went on to found a consumer products design firm that also carried the Porsche name, died Thursday in Salzburg, Austria. He was 76.

Born Dec. 11, 1935, in Stuttgart, Germany, he was the eldest son of Dorothea and Ferry Porsche, who along with Ferry's father Ferdinand Porsche founded the business that grew into the sports car maker.

Porsche grew up in the auto business during a turbulent time. His grandfather designed the original Volkswagen Beetle for the Nazi regime in Germany in the 1930s as well as tanks that were used by the Germans in World War II.

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10 comments:

I Voted For Obama said...

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche voted for Obama, then remembered he was German.

Anonymous said...

Designed a great car!

Anonymous said...

Air-cooled is da best!!Wasser boxers are crap.

Anonymous said...

Would make a good pizza delivery car.

Anonymous said...

Don't know what I'd race against it on Doty Rd. other than a late 60's Muscle Car....Cause that's all I know.

Anonymous said...

Did he design a water cannon for the NATO protests?

Anonymous said...

Now Ret. Sgt. John Northen (northside) will have to get another car for him and his dog to parade around in.

(the dog looks better than john)

Anonymous said...

True story... Porsche made cars for the Nazi's on WW II

Anonymous said...

Timeless design...although nothing more than a souped up VW.

Anonymous said...

What was the joke in a Hustler Magazine cartoon?

How many Jews can you fit in the new VW Beetle [insert 911 if you want, both work]?

59 at least. All seated in the ashtray.

Old man Porsche was called Hitler's favorite designer. He was made an SS Colonel even. Granted for contributions to advanced German tank designs.

Still a great line of luxury sports cars to this day.