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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.
1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS Clubsport Shows Up for Sale
1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS Clubsport Shows Up for Sale

23 Sep 2020, 19:43 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / One of 15 units ever made, this Clubsport specification of the Porsche 924 Carrera GTS is lighter than a Mazda MX-5 but more powerful than the Japanese roadster

 
This 1968 Porsche 912 Is a Matching Numbers Coupe with a Full History
This 1968 Porsche 912 Is a Matching Numbers Coupe with a Full History

23 Sep 2020, 12:44 UTC · By: Bogdan Popa / Someone is selling their 1968 Porsche 912 coupe, and the car comes with a full history that includes an overwhelming amount of information

 
Porsche Taycan Sales Rise Spectacularly in Europe, Tops the Chart in August
Porsche Taycan Sales Rise Spectacularly in Europe, Tops the Chart in August

23 Sep 2020, 12:37 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The first all-electric model from the Stuttgart-based sports car maker is off to a great start in its home region, but it raises concerns for other models

 
This 1968 Porsche 911 Is the Old Story of an European in America
This 1968 Porsche 911 Is the Old Story of an European in America

23 Sep 2020, 12:16 UTC · By: Bogdan Popa / An European of the 1968 Porsche 911L version that was shipped to a customer in the United States is being auctioned off in a great condition

 
$195K Gets You a Nearly New 2008 Porsche GT2, Right to Drive the Hell Out of It
$195K Gets You a Nearly New 2008 Porsche GT2, Right to Drive the Hell Out of It

23 Sep 2020, 09:16 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / One of just 194 units of the 2008 Porsche GT2 made for the U.S. market, barely driven by its owner, is selling for $195,000

 
Barely Used Porsche 911 R Is a $200K Piece of Extreme German Engineering
Barely Used Porsche 911 R Is a $200K Piece of Extreme German Engineering

23 Sep 2020, 08:41 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / 2016 Porsche 911 R, one of just 296 to have made it stateside is selling with just a little over 1,000 miles (1,600 km) on it

 
Porsche Drops Out of IMSA Mid-Ohio Race After Positive Tests at Le Mans
Porsche Drops Out of IMSA Mid-Ohio Race After Positive Tests at Le Mans

23 Sep 2020, 07:25 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / German carmaker Porsche said on Wednesday its GT Team will not be taking part in the IMSA race at Mid-Ohio after staff tests positive at Le Mans

 
Conda Green 1970 Porsche 911T Targa Looks Absolutely Gorgeous
Conda Green 1970 Porsche 911T Targa Looks Absolutely Gorgeous

22 Sep 2020, 20:50 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / One of the best colors for this year of the 911, this Touring Targa also happens to be free of rust and in perfect working condition

 
JDM-Style Porsche 996 Looks Strange With Abflug Supra Widebody Kit
JDM-Style Porsche 996 Looks Strange With Abflug Supra Widebody Kit

22 Sep 2020, 20:40 UTC · By: Mihnea Radu / The 996 is one of the least desirable Porsche 911 models, so messing around with the design won't anger that many people

 
Rare 2008 Porsche Cayenne GTS Manual Is Up for Grabs
Rare 2008 Porsche Cayenne GTS Manual Is Up for Grabs

22 Sep 2020, 19:18 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / It may not be perfect, but this three-owner Cayenne GTS packs an aspirated V8 and a manual transmission instead of twin turbos and the ZF 8HP

 
Porsche 930A Art Car Is Better Than Some Custom Builds
Porsche 930A Art Car Is Better Than Some Custom Builds

22 Sep 2020, 09:54 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Daniel Arsham is the artist behind the conversion of a 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo into the 930A, looks better than some custom builds out there

 
Super GTP 935 Is Not the Race Car Porsche Had in Mind
Super GTP 935 Is Not the Race Car Porsche Had in Mind

22 Sep 2020, 09:11 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Bob Akin is the name responsible for turning a Porsche 935 in the Super GTP 935, the car raced at the 1982 24 Hours of Le Mans

 
Porsche Reports Infected Staff After Le Mans, 4 Teams Down for Nurburgring
Porsche Reports Infected Staff After Le Mans, 4 Teams Down for Nurburgring

22 Sep 2020, 08:24 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Porsche says three people tested positive during testing conducted at Le Mans, this affects the outing of four teams at the Nurburgring

 
1966 Porsche 912 Is Almost Unused at 55k Miles, Has Low $37,500 Price
1966 Porsche 912 Is Almost Unused at 55k Miles, Has Low $37,500 Price

22 Sep 2020, 07:42 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Care for a pristine piece of German sports car motoring history that dwelled under the loving California sun? Then no need to look any further

 
Widebody Porsche 959 Rendering Looks Like the RWB Supercar
Widebody Porsche 959 Rendering Looks Like the RWB Supercar

21 Sep 2020, 20:18 UTC · By: Mihnea Radu / It's kind of ironic that a body kit makes the Porsche 993 look faster than Porsche's actual supercar. Sadly, you can't combine RWB+959 in the real world

 
2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Drag Races LS3-Powered C10 Truck for No Reason
2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Drag Races LS3-Powered C10 Truck for No Reason

21 Sep 2020, 18:41 UTC · By: Mihnea Radu / Spoiler alert: Porsches are some of the fastest cars on the planet, so the GT3 is a force of nature, even though we're dealing with a 2015 model

 
Porsche "Baby Taycan" Shows Futuristic Design
Porsche "Baby Taycan" Shows Futuristic Design

21 Sep 2020, 18:16 UTC · By: Andrei Tutu / What if Porsche attempted to build a sporty city car, all with an electric twist? This independent rendering explores the possibility

 
1970 Porsche 911T With 2.2-Liter Engine Features Bilstein Sports Suspension
1970 Porsche 911T With 2.2-Liter Engine Features Bilstein Sports Suspension

21 Sep 2020, 16:59 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / If you're in the market for a 1970 Porsche 911T unlike any other, don't look elsewhere. This 300-horsepower "individual conversion" is right up your alley

 
How a 1956 Porsche 356 Turned a 64-Year-Old Mother into a Racer, Champion
How a 1956 Porsche 356 Turned a 64-Year-Old Mother into a Racer, Champion

21 Sep 2020, 16:00 UTC · By: Elena Gorgan / Renée Brinkerhoff bought her Porsche 356 in 2011 after being the first car to set her sight on. She’s been racing it ever since, raising money for charity

 
Michael Fassbender's Porsche Cup Outing Was a Workout for Le Mans Big League
Michael Fassbender's Porsche Cup Outing Was a Workout for Le Mans Big League

21 Sep 2020, 15:02 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The Hollywood star was no match for the Porsche Carrera Cup Le Mans victor, Dutchman Larry ten Voorde from the Nebulus Racing by Huber team