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Porsche 911 creator dies
Friday, April 06, 2012 6:17 AM

Porsche 911 creator dies

STUTTGART: Porsche 911 creator Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche died on Thursday in Salzburg, aged 76.

He will be buried in the family grave at Schuttgut in Zell am See, attended by his immediate family. An official funeral service will be held here at a later date. Zell am See is 415km south-east of here.

Porsche AG president and CEO Matthias Muller paid tribute to Porsche.

"He established a design culture in our company that has shaped our sports cars to this very day. His philosophy of good design is a legacy to us that we will honour for all time.”
F.A. Porsche had a talent for design by sculpting the first model of a successor to the 356 model line out of plasticine.

Porsche was born here on Dec 11 1935, the oldest son of Dorothea and Ferry Porsche.

Even his childhood was shaped by cars, and he spent much of his time in the engineering offices and development workshops of his grandfather Ferdinand Porsche.

In 1943, the family accompanied the Porsche company’s move to Austria.

In 1958, F.A. Porsche, as he was known by his colleagues, joined the engineering office of what was then Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche KG.

He soon proved his talent for design by sculpting the first model of a successor to the 356 model line out of plasticine.

In 1962, he took over as head of the Porsche design studio, creating a worldwide furore one year later with the Porsche 901 (or 911).

With the Porsche 911, Porsche created a sports car icon whose timeless and classical form survives to this very day in what is now the seventh 911 generation.

However, in addition to passenger cars, Porsche also concerned himself with designing the sports cars of the 1960s.

His best-known designs include the Type 804 Formula One racing car or the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, now considered to be one of the most beautiful racing cars ever.

He retained a lifelong association with Porsche AG as a partner and member of the Supervisory Board.

From 1990 to 1993, he served as president of the company’s Supervisory Board.

In 2005, he stood down in favour of his son Oliver and assumed the mantle of honorary president until his death.



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