Ferdinand Alexander Porsche dies at 76
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- 06:39 pm, April 06, 2012
The creative mind behind the design of the iconic Porsche 911 sportscar dies at the age of 76.
The legendary, Porsche 911 rear-engined coupe that went on to become one of the most important cars that the automotive industry has ever produced was signed off by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche - grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, son of Ferry Porsche - is no longer among us. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche died on Thursday in Salzburg, Austria at the age of 76. The cause of Professor Porsche's death has not been announced.
The German creative designer, nicknamed Butzi joined the family company in 1956 where he worked in the technical design department. In 1862, he became the manager of the Porsche Design studios and the following year he showed off the iconic Porsche 901 to the world, which was later renamed as the 911, because the French automaker Peugeot had already trademarked the three-digit designations that used '0' in the middle. Professor Porsche left the company in 1972 and started the Porsche Design Group, which built a variety of high quality products from kitchens to mobile phones.
The original Porsche 911 that went one sale in 1964 continues to be a classic and is still being built in today's world. The man lived to see no less than seven generations of the 911, which was presented last year. There is no doubt, that the creative genius will continue to live on in our side of the world through his designs in the future generations of the Porsche 911.
First Published on 06:39 pm, April 06, 2012
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