Company celebrates 100th anniversary of birth of its founder
21 September 2009

Porsche has celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of its founder, Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche. The manufacturer revealed its first car to bear the Porsche name in 1948, the Type 356, because Ferry Porsche couldn’t buy his dream sports car. “At the beginning I looked around, but I could not find the car I was dreaming of,” he said, “so I decided to build it myself.”

Porsche, who died on 27 March 1998, would have celebrated his 100th birthday on 19 September. He has a place in the European Automotive Hall of Fame, alongside Gottlieb Daimler, Carl Benz, Henry Ford or Enzo Ferrari.

See our high-res gallery of the life of Ferry Porsche

1909

Born in Wiener Neustadt (Austria), on 19 September as Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche, commonly called “Ferry”. Went to school in Wiener Neustadt and Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt. Completed his technical training with Bosch in Stuttgart and at Steyr-Werke in Austria.

1931

Started working as a constructor and engineer in the Engineering Office of Dr. Ing. h.c. Ferdinand Porsche GmbH established by his father Ferdinand in Stuttgart.

1934

Appointed Head of Test Driving in charge of the Volkswagen prototypes.

1938

Director of the Porsche Test Department. Construction Office moving to Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen in the same year.

1946

Ferry Porsche assumes overall responsibility for Porsche in June.

1948

Completion of Porsche 356 No 1, a 35-bhp mid-engined sports car, in June.

1950

Start of standard production of Porsche Type 356 in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.

1972

Appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, the new joint-stock company.

1979

Received the Star on the Supreme Cross of Honour of the Federal Republic of Germany on the occasion of his 70th birthday from the Prime Minister of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Lothar Späth.

1989

Received the Business Medal for Outstanding Achievements in the Economy of Baden-Württemberg on 19 September from the Minister of Economic Affairs of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Martin Herzog.

1998

Ferry Porsche dies in Zell am See on 27 March.

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