Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, creator of the Porsche 911, has died aged 76.
Ferdinand was the honorary chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG. Matthias Müller, CEO of Porsche AG, recognizes his achievements : “We mourn the death of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. As creator of the Porsche 911 he founded a design company in our culture that shapes our sports cars today. His philosophy of good design is for us a legacy that we will continue to do with honour.”
Born in 1935, Ferdinand was the son of Ferry Porsche and grandson of Ferdinand Porsche. He was heavily involved with the development of the Porsche 911 at the start of the 1960s, the car that has become the company’s most iconic product. However, he was also heavily involved the achingly beautiful Porsche 904, which he said was his favourite design.
In the early 1970s, the Porsche family became less involved in the direct running of the car company, so Ferdinand set up a new operation, Porsche Design Group,which went on to produce cleverly designed consumer items, including watches and sunglasses.
However, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche will always be remembered, first and foremost for the Porsche 911.