Ferdinand Alexander Porsche designed Porsche's iconic 911 sports car. He was the grandson of the company’s founder—the third Porsche to be part of the legendary car company. He passed away this week at the age of 76.
The 911 was an icon atop most others—a symbol of wealth, power, and with an engine that would growl ego and celebrity. Owners, envy-ists and aficionados covet the sports car for over 40 years. I had the opportunity to own a vintage 1971 Porsche 911 S (European model) and I can tell you, years after I sold it for a more practical car, I still hear the roar of that engine in my head.
The man credited with the car that defines the Porsche brand was reportedly known as “F.A.” to his colleagues, and led the Porsche design studio starting in 1962 when the company started work on the first 911 model which was introduced in 1963, eventually replacing the 356 in 1965.
The car’s design effectively remains the same, seven versions, and decades later.
"The creator of the Porsche 911 has founded a culture of design in our company that distinguishes our sports cars even today," Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller said.