Today may be a very celebrated day, but unfortunately it took an unexpected turn as a very famous individual in automotive history recently passed away. Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, son of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, and creator of the legendary 911, died earlier today at the age of 76.
“We mourn the death of our partner, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. As the creator of the Porsche 911,” said Porsche’s President and CEO, Matthias Muller. “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 honor for all time.”
After first joining the engineering office at Porsche KG in 1958, F.A. Porsche made his big debut by sculpting the first model successor to the 356, the Porsche Type 901, which later changed to the infamous 911 nomenclature. It was then that one of history’s most iconic sports cars was born.
F.A. Porsche’s last association with the brand was Honorary President of the Supervisory Board of Porsche, in which he assured that Porsche doesn’t stray away from the recipes that have made their cars so remarkable.
Services will be held local Germany, specifically where F.A. Porsche’s family grave lies and there will be another service in Stuttgart as well.
– By: Chris Chin