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Ferdinand Alexander, the mind behind the Porsche 911, remembered.


Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the brain behind the design of the iconic Porsche 911, was found dead in Austria at the age of 76.

Ferdinand Alexander was grandson to Ferdinand Porsche, founder of Porsche, and son to Ferry Porsche an engineer at Porsche. While both his father and grandfather were engineers, Ferdinand Alexander never thought of himself as either an engineer or a designer but more of a talented craftsman. Although despite this he joined the engineering office of Porsche in 1958, and created his clay sculpture of the Porsche 901 which prompted him to move to the design studio. In 1962 “Butzi”, as Ferdinand’s friends called him, took over the Porsche design studio and a year later released the Porsche 901 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The name was then changed to 911 and production began in 1964, the rest is history.

The Porsche 911 was clearly what made Ferdinand Alexander an icon but that is not all he is famous for. He also designed the Porsche Type 804 Formula 1 racecar and the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS. Later in his life he created and founded the Porsche Design Studio, which creates all of the ‘lifestyle’ products sold at Porsche dealers. He remained working on the Porsche Design brand until his death.

Porsche president and CEO Matthias Müller said in an official statement, “We mourn the death of our partner, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. As the creator of the Porsche 911, 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.”

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche will always be remembered for his revolutionary design and creative mind. Check out your Arizona Porsche dealer for more information on the Porsche 911.

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