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autoevolution's Porsche Month

For some people, the name Porsche is synonymous with the original everyday sports car, the 911. For others, it’s the most successful carmaker in motorsport. For most, it purely represents German engineering at its very best, especially if we’re referring to the man, not the company that still proudly wears the Porsche name. 

That said, what is now one of the most profitable sports car companies in the world would have never existed without Dr. Ing. H.c. Ferdinand Porsche, who is a legend in his own right. 

Born 145 years ago, in a Bohemian town that is now part of the Czech Republic, Porsche was the third son in a five children home. He was an engineering prodigy even in his youth, when he provided his family home with electric lighting and an electric doorbell when nobody else in town had even heard of such a contraption apart from a carpet factory. 

A few years later, after having moved to Vienna, young Ferdinand created a number of electric cars, buses and even the world’s first hybrid vehicle while working with Jacob Lohner, a luxury coachbuilder. 

In the following decades he became known as the most proficient car engineer in Germany, where he worked for Daimler and eventually started his own consulting company, being in charge of various projects, including a 16-cylinder race car for Auto Union and the KdF-Wagen, which culminated in the Volkswagen Beetle. 

It was the Volkswagen Beetle’s underpinnings that eventually gave birth to the very first Porsche production car, the 356, and then to its more famous successor, the legendary 911. While Dr. Ing. h.c. Ferdinand Porsche passed away in 1951, his legacy and name continue with one of the most celebrated sports carmakers in history. 

Mostly because of that, but also because the company’s grandfather was born this month, we’ve decided to dedicate September to the world of Porsche. Stick around on autoevolution and you might even learn something new about the ups and downs of the second-most famous carmaker based in Stuttgart. 

Editor's note: This special feature by autoevolution was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.
W3 Triposto Features Porsche 964 Chassis and a Central Driving Position
W3 Triposto Features Porsche 964 Chassis and a Central Driving Position

2 Sep 2020, 14:34 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / $250,000 may be a bit too much for this car, but the W3 Triposto certainly offers a unique perspective to the driver thanks to the central steering wheel

 
The First Gold-Plated Porsche in the World Is Visualis’ 22-Carat Boxster
The First Gold-Plated Porsche in the World Is Visualis’ 22-Carat Boxster

2 Sep 2020, 13:02 UTC · By: Elena Gorgan / The project was completed sometime in 2005, and Visualis made it into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008 with this impressive feat

 
Emerald Green 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight Offered for $575,000
Emerald Green 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight Offered for $575,000

2 Sep 2020, 12:07 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / If you're in the market for an original RS 2.7 that's been restored to perfection, look no further than this bad boy from Dubai

 
1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S Is the Real One Percenter, Rides the Gray Side of Life
1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S Is the Real One Percenter, Rides the Gray Side of Life

2 Sep 2020, 11:19 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Porsches were built to be driven, so we can understand why this example has gathered 113k miles - which is a little over 3,530 miles per year, on average

 
At $325K, This 1965 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet Is Like Fine Wine
At $325K, This 1965 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet Is Like Fine Wine

2 Sep 2020, 09:46 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / 1965 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet restored just a few years ago is now selling for $325,000, expect to see it sell for more once it finds a new owner

 
1972 Porsche 914 in Richie Ginther Specification Can Be Had for $39K
1972 Porsche 914 in Richie Ginther Specification Can Be Had for $39K

2 Sep 2020, 09:09 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / 1972 Porsche 914 in Richie Ginther specification is selling for $39,000, a sum that is well above what other 914s can hope to go for

 
Porsche 935 Fought a Pair of 911 GT2 RS Clubsports, One Comes on top of PPIHC
Porsche 935 Fought a Pair of 911 GT2 RS Clubsports, One Comes on top of PPIHC

2 Sep 2020, 08:12 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / All three share the same marvelous twin-turbocharged flat-six and the Race to the Clouds has been more intensive than ever, which was great news for fans

 
Porsche Believes Electric Drives Are Not Enough, Looks into eFuels
Porsche Believes Electric Drives Are Not Enough, Looks into eFuels

2 Sep 2020, 08:07 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Porsche says electric drives are not enough in the race for a cleaner fleet, says it is looking into ways and for partners to make eFuels

 
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Delayed Because Porsche Is Having a Ball
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Delayed Because Porsche Is Having a Ball

2 Sep 2020, 06:53 UTC · By: Elena Gorgan / Carmaker says priorities have shifted slightly due to the health crisis, larger variant of the Taycan will come to market later because of it

 
Taycan-Based Porsche GT Rendered, Big Coupe Looks Like a 928 Revival
Taycan-Based Porsche GT Rendered, Big Coupe Looks Like a 928 Revival

1 Sep 2020, 15:23 UTC · By: Andrei Tutu / Michigan-based digital artist John O'Laughlin has come up with a rendering that portrays a potential Porsche 928 revival (it could be based on the Taycan)

 
Patrick Dempsey Keeps Giving Away Porsches, This Time a 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet
Patrick Dempsey Keeps Giving Away Porsches, This Time a 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet

1 Sep 2020, 13:06 UTC · By: Elena Gorgan / Do your part and help out with a good cause, and you could win a 2020 Porsche 911 and a date with Dr. McDreamy, along with $20,000 in cash

 
Pristine 1982 Porsche 930 Is the Widow Maker You Want Feared
Pristine 1982 Porsche 930 Is the Widow Maker You Want Feared

1 Sep 2020, 12:45 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / This tastefully modified 1982 example of the 930 series has just 16,150 miles on the odometer and looks positively untouched by the passage of time

 
Complete 1972 Porsche 914 Is a Barn Find That Costs Less than a MacBook
Complete 1972 Porsche 914 Is a Barn Find That Costs Less than a MacBook

1 Sep 2020, 12:27 UTC · By: Bogdan Popa / Awesome barn finds don’t have to be super-expensive, and the Porsche 914 that we have here is the living proof in this regard

 
Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Final to Pit Real Drivers Against Sim Racers
Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Final to Pit Real Drivers Against Sim Racers

1 Sep 2020, 11:55 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Deutschland final to take place on September 5 on simulation platform Raceroom between 20 drivers

 
Jay Kay Reviews the Porsche Taycan Turbo S: Crikey, This Is the Future
Jay Kay Reviews the Porsche Taycan Turbo S: Crikey, This Is the Future

1 Sep 2020, 11:19 UTC · By: Elena Gorgan / Jamiroquai frontman is also a passionate gearhead and car collector, has been familiar with the electric Taycan Turbo since it was still in prototype stage

 
One-Owner 1965 Porsche 356C Coupe Looks Better Than New, Up for Grabs
One-Owner 1965 Porsche 356C Coupe Looks Better Than New, Up for Grabs

1 Sep 2020, 09:41 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / 1965 Porsche 356C Coupe owned by a single family is up for grabs during an October auction in what can only be described as perfect condition

 
1972 Porsche 914 Is the Cheap Way into the World of Sports Cars
1972 Porsche 914 Is the Cheap Way into the World of Sports Cars

1 Sep 2020, 08:58 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / 1972 Porsche 914 sold for just $13,500 is the perfect example of how a botched Porsche can still represent the perfect way into the sports car segment

 
Modified 1956 Porsche 356A Taking on Antarctica after Rallying the World
Modified 1956 Porsche 356A Taking on Antarctica after Rallying the World

1 Sep 2020, 08:05 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / 1956 Porsche 356A to become one of the most tried of its generation as it gets ready to complete a world rallying tour in Antarctica

 
Purple 1994 Porsche 928 GTS Was Shown in Frankfurt, Can Be Yours Now
Purple 1994 Porsche 928 GTS Was Shown in Frankfurt, Can Be Yours Now

31 Aug 2020, 18:40 UTC · By: Mihnea Radu / It's a time capsule for certain, but we like the earlier bumper and taillight designs more than this GTS. Also, autos aren't the best

 
Classic 1973 Porsche 914 Turned Electric Is a True Labor of Love
Classic 1973 Porsche 914 Turned Electric Is a True Labor of Love

31 Aug 2020, 17:30 UTC · By: Elena Gorgan / Mark Bush worked on the car for two years, taking time off from work to tinker. He says everyone should give EVs a try because they’re “so much fun”