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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.
Kremer Racing-Built Porsche 935 K4 Up for Grabs as Unique Racer
Kremer Racing-Built Porsche 935 K4 Up for Grabs as Unique Racer

25 Sep 2020, 10:00 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / One of just two Kremer Racing Porsche 935 K4, briefly owned by actor Nicholas Cage, shows up on the open market in near-perfect condition

 
This 1986 Porsche 944 Had Just One Owner, One Mechanic During Its Entire Life
This 1986 Porsche 944 Had Just One Owner, One Mechanic During Its Entire Life

25 Sep 2020, 09:21 UTC · By: Bogdan Popa / A 1986 Porsche 944 in great condition is now being sold online; the car had just one owner and has been serviced by the same mechanic

 
Porsche Turns to Retired Drivers as Health Crisis Hits Le Mans Team
Porsche Turns to Retired Drivers as Health Crisis Hits Le Mans Team

25 Sep 2020, 08:59 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Porsche is getting ready for the Nürburgring 2020 24-hours race with a new driver lineup that includes retired works racers

 
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR Gets Natural Fiber Makeover, Looks Like Wood
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR Gets Natural Fiber Makeover, Looks Like Wood

25 Sep 2020, 07:56 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR to be raced at the Nürburgring with a new bodywork made from natural-fiber composite materials

 
Modified Porsche 911 GT2 RS Weissach Nails 200 mph on Autobahn Like It's Nothing
Modified Porsche 911 GT2 RS Weissach Nails 200 mph on Autobahn Like It's Nothing

25 Sep 2020, 07:46 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Famous YouTuber Shmee visits friend to check out the latest addition to the GerCollector garage, a tuned GT2 RS, and of course has a go on unrestricted highway

 
Porsche Aero Supercar with Martini Livery Looks Like a Squashed 911
Porsche Aero Supercar with Martini Livery Looks Like a Squashed 911

24 Sep 2020, 20:29 UTC · By: Mihnea Radu / The 911 is as fast as a supercar, sure. But it never looked like one until this rendering happened. It is like the 550 took on the Dino and never looked back

 
This Porsche Type 64 Replica Has More Power Than the Original Car
This Porsche Type 64 Replica Has More Power Than the Original Car

24 Sep 2020, 18:55 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Only one example of the original Type 64 exists these days, and at least one replica is also out there looking for a new owner

 
UPDATE: Porsche GT3 RS Vandalized During Riots Still Runs, Shows Mad Max Spec
UPDATE: Porsche GT3 RS Vandalized During Riots Still Runs, Shows Mad Max Spec

24 Sep 2020, 18:01 UTC · By: Mihnea Radu / The 997 GT3 RS is 20 kg (44 lb) lighter than the 997 GT3. They made 1,168 units, 410 of which were sold in the United States

 
This 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Convertible Is a Rare Widowmaker
This 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Convertible Is a Rare Widowmaker

24 Sep 2020, 16:51 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / One of the most desirable specifications of the 930 Turbo is up for grabs, namely one of 844 convertibles with the G50 five-speed manual transmission

 
Pastel Blue 1970 Porsche 911S Has Been Immaculately Restored
Pastel Blue 1970 Porsche 911S Has Been Immaculately Restored

24 Sep 2020, 14:40 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Although it costs a lot more than most other 911S models from this era, this fully overhauled example of the breed looks as if it has just left the factory

 
Your Porsche Spaceship on Water Still Awaits
Your Porsche Spaceship on Water Still Awaits

24 Sep 2020, 13:32 UTC · By: Elena Gorgan / Royal Falcon One was unveiled in 2019, is still waiting for the right owner. Part of the Royal Falcon Fleet, it was built by Kockums on a design by Porsche

 
When You Truly Love Your Porsche Collection, You Build a House For It
When You Truly Love Your Porsche Collection, You Build a House For It

24 Sep 2020, 12:47 UTC · By: Elena Gorgan / New York-based architect Steven Harris built a house around Joerg Ineichen’s beloved Porsche collection, and it’s a sight

 
Road-Legal 1997 Porsche 993 Cup Car Looks Very Collectible
Road-Legal 1997 Porsche 993 Cup Car Looks Very Collectible

24 Sep 2020, 12:43 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde best describes the dual personality of this 993 Cup car which is entitled to wear a license plate

 
This Rare 1968 Porsche 912 Soft Window Targa Looks Too Good to Be True
This Rare 1968 Porsche 912 Soft Window Targa Looks Too Good to Be True

24 Sep 2020, 12:39 UTC · By: Bogdan Popa / A garage is selling a 1968 Porsche 912 Targa that looks almost brand new, thanks to a thorough restoration that was performed during its lifetime

 
$10 for a Shot at a Porsche Panamera and a Thanks from Charlize Theron? Sold
$10 for a Shot at a Porsche Panamera and a Thanks from Charlize Theron? Sold

24 Sep 2020, 09:36 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / 2020 Porsche Panamera 10 Years Edition is the prize offered in an Omaze sweepstake by Charlize Theron's Africa Outreach Project

 
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Restored for Formula E Racer Is Orange-Tastic
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Restored for Formula E Racer Is Orange-Tastic

24 Sep 2020, 09:26 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / This early-build 911 Carrera RS 2.7 has been lovingly and professionally restored just recently so André Lotterer can enjoy more spectacular shoot locations

 
Is $265k Too Much for an Unrestored 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster? Probably Not
Is $265k Too Much for an Unrestored 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster? Probably Not

24 Sep 2020, 08:38 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Bids for an unrestored 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster are now at $265,000 on an auction website, with a little over ten hours to go

 
1969 Porsche 911E Targa Is a True Matching Numbers, Cared-For California Car
1969 Porsche 911E Targa Is a True Matching Numbers, Cared-For California Car

24 Sep 2020, 08:03 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / One of the best looking and well preserved 1969 Porsche 911E Targa in America is currently for sale after 50 years with the same owner

 
Porsche Has Last Minute Reshuffle of Driver Roster Ahead of 24-Hour Nurburgring
Porsche Has Last Minute Reshuffle of Driver Roster Ahead of 24-Hour Nurburgring

24 Sep 2020, 06:57 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The company has concluded discussions with the customer teams and managed to come up with a backup plan for a strong driver line-up at the famous endurance race

 
Which Porsche Cayman Generation Is the Best?
Which Porsche Cayman Generation Is the Best?

23 Sep 2020, 19:51 UTC · By: Mihnea Radu / The Porsche Cayman - either you love the simplicity and the mid-engined layout or you think it's inferior to the 911. The three generations are similar in shape