Ferdinand Porsche (1935-2012)

Designer of the original Porsche 911, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, has died in Salzburg aged 76

Ferdinand Porsche (1935-2012)

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the Father of the original 911, and grandson of the company founder has died aged 76.

Born in 1935 into a motoring family, the young Ferdinand Porsche spent many hours in the workshops with his grandfather - eventually following in his footsteps to become head of the Porsche design studio in 1962.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The earliest 911 (known as the 901 until Peugeot filed a lawsuit) was unveiled in 1963 at the Frankfurt motor show, and this iconic design has been echoed for years, with each passing evolution of the 911. Ferdinand was also responsible for a number of Porsche racing cars during his time as head of design, including the type 804 Formula 1 car, and the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS.

After stepping down from his position at the company in 1972, Ferdinand remained closely involved with the design of many Porsche products, staying on the supervisory board until 2005, when he handed over this position to his son, Ferdinand Oliver.

Recommended

Porsche 911 petrol engines subject of internal emissions cheat device investigation
Porsche

Porsche 911 petrol engines subject of internal emissions cheat device investigation

24 Aug 2020
Behind the wheel of a Porsche 917
Porsche

Behind the wheel of a Porsche 917

22 Aug 2020
Porsche 911 Carrera S vs rivals: R8, Vantage, 570GT and Evora face off
Porsche

Porsche 911 Carrera S vs rivals: R8, Vantage, 570GT and Evora face off

11 Jul 2020
2020 Porsche Cayenne GTS and Cayenne Coupe GTS revealed
Porsche

2020 Porsche Cayenne GTS and Cayenne Coupe GTS revealed

12 Jun 2020

Most Popular

SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car
News

SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car

Over a decade after SSC last entered the record books, its Tuatara has claimed the title of world’s fastest production car
19 Oct 2020
Hot Cupra Formentor spied testing – with a five-cylinder warble
Cupra

Hot Cupra Formentor spied testing – with a five-cylinder warble

Is Cupra about to get hold of Audi’s brilliant five-cylinder petrol engine?
19 Oct 2020
Alpine to become high-performance Renault offshoot
Alpine

Alpine to become high-performance Renault offshoot

Heated-up Renaults but no A110 replacement for Alpine as it follows in Cupra and Abarth footsteps
21 Oct 2020
Car pictures of the week
Lotus Elise

Car pictures of the week

In this week’s car pictures, from issue 279, we look at the highlights from our lightweight sports car triple test
23 Oct 2020