Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the designer of the classic 911, has died at the age of 76
5 April 2012

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the man credited with the design of the original Porsche 911 sportscar has died today at the age of 76.

Born on December 11 1935 in Stuttgart, Porsche was the grandson of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche (the automotive engineer and pioneer who created the Mercedes-Benz compressor and Volkswagen Beetle) and the son of Ferry Porsche.

Porsche followed in the footsteps of his illustrious forebears and designed the 911 in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with the car making its first official appearance at the Frankfurt motor show in 1963.

He also designed a number of racing cars for Porsche, before leaving in 1972 when the company went public. He remained on the supervisory board until the mid-2000s.

A statement from Matthias Müller, chief executive officer of Porsche AG, said: “As creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture that molds our sportscars still today. His philosophy of good design is for us a legacy that we will also honour in the future.”

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5 April 2012

A sad loss. I wonder if he ever thought that the 911 would endure as long as it did.

5 April 2012

I have a feeling he lived too long, not pleased to see VW take over his once free wheeling company, founded by his illustrious forebearers. But what a great legacy. Did he write an autobiography, or have a biography published about him?

(I hope this thread is spared the troll's usual urine stain.)

5 April 2012

I used many sheets trying to imitate him.

What a success!

5 April 2012

A true legend of car design is no more. RIP, Professor Ferdinand A Porsche.

5 April 2012

A sad loss of a design giant. Remember he didn't just design cars but also pens, glasses, pipes, watches, household appliances, etc...

5 April 2012

[quote Brava]

A sad loss of a design giant. Remember he didn't just design cars but also pens, glasses, pipes, watches, household appliances, etc...

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Now I didn't know they did Porsche Design pipes!

I know smoking of any kind is no longer considered to be 'cool', but......there has to be a certain kudos here, puffing away on one of those....I'm *almost* tempted.

5 April 2012

Always a sad day when a legendary talent such as this man inevitably dies. There cannot be too many men who can see one of their original designs still being evolved and selling well after 40+ years; the best way for the company to honour his memory is to surely move the design forward with the inventive skills and innovation that he so obviously had, it would be sad if the 911 were to stagnate and not evolve far further using whatever technologies may be available.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

5 April 2012

[quote curious_insider]

Now I didn't know they did Porsche Design pipes!

I know smoking of any kind is no longer considered to be 'cool', but......there has to be a certain kudos here, puffing away on one of those....I'm *almost* tempted.

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I well remember the Porsche Design advertising in German car mag Auto, Motor und Sport during the eighties. Only later I discovered that a distant uncle collects pipes and has several of these.

5 April 2012

Ferdinand - you made the 911 way before I was born. Thanks for this brilliant product. I aspire to own a contemporary one some day.

6 April 2012

Always sad to hear of the death of a truly talented individual.RIP

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