Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, 911 Designer, Dies at 76

The design of the Porsche 911 has remained almost unchanged for over half a century, but where do the styling cues we see today originate? The answer comes from 1963, when the Porsche 901 came to the world. The Germans wanted to use this name, but Peugeot had already trademarked thee-digit designations that used “0” in the middle, so they changed it to “911”.
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The rear-engined coupe that went on to became one of the most important cars the industry had ever produced had a design that was signed by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the grandson of the company’s founder.

The designer, which had since moved from designing Porsche cars to creating non-automotive Porsche-branded items, is no longer among us. Porsche (76) died on Thursday in Salzburg, Austria, with no cause of death being announced.

The man got to see no less than seven generations of the 911 come to the world and if you take a look at the latest one, which appeared last year, you’ll understand what he meant to say when he stressed the fact that a the form of a product should be pure, free of decoration.
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