Ferdinand Alexander Porsche (1935-2012)

Today the automotive world lost an iconic designer. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, grandson of Porsche and Volkswagen founder Ferdinand Porsche, is famous for designing the original 911 (above). Although I am not a big Porsche or 911 fan, I understand the importance of the 911 to the automotive world. The car debuted in 1963 and has been a global best seller ever since. Porche is often criticized for its lack of innovation with the 911 as it has had a similar form factor since 1963 and has always been rear engined. Nevertheless, it is has been an important car. Interestingly, the 911 was not his favorite design. That honor belongs to the 1964 Porsche 904 racer (below). The 904 is a beautiful car. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was a great designer and he will be missed.


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