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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.
Is the Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo More Than a Cross Turismo Without High Heels?
Is the Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo More Than a Cross Turismo Without High Heels?

19 Jan 2022, 11:42 UTC / The only differences the station wagon version of the Taycan presents compared to the Cross Turismo are an RWD option and no off-road elements

 
Driven: Porsche Taycan (4S, Turbo, Turbo S) Track Test
Driven: Porsche Taycan (4S, Turbo, Turbo S) Track Test

30 Sep 2020, 19:13 UTC / How come the Taycan is so amazing on the track? What does this Porsche have to do with the Star Trek franchise? We'll answer these questions in the story

 
1960 Porsche MOMO 356 RSR Outlaw Is a One-Off Classic
1960 Porsche MOMO 356 RSR Outlaw Is a One-Off Classic

30 Sep 2020, 18:51 UTC / The heavily modified 356 shell is stretched over a stiffer Type 964 chassis and powered by a custom flat-four with twin turbos

 
Porsche 911 vs. C8 Corvette vs. Shelby GT500: Sports Car Drag Race
Porsche 911 vs. C8 Corvette vs. Shelby GT500: Sports Car Drag Race

30 Sep 2020, 17:56 UTC / Anger is to to be expected when you have an underpowered base Porsche 911 doing well against iconic American drag racers

 
Edd China Fixes Barn Find Porsche 914 Overheating Engine
Edd China Fixes Barn Find Porsche 914 Overheating Engine

30 Sep 2020, 16:18 UTC / The Porsche 914 is surprisingly easy to work on if you know what you're doing. Edd China just happens to be a pro when it comes to old air-cooled engines, thoug

 
Wheeler Dealers: How to Fix Cayenne Turbo S Suspension and Rattling Driveshaft
Wheeler Dealers: How to Fix Cayenne Turbo S Suspension and Rattling Driveshaft

29 Sep 2020, 19:51 UTC / This looks like the same generation of Porsche Cayenne that Hoovies Garage bought. Only this Turbo S is running and is in good overall condition

 
1989 Porsche 911 Speedster Begs to Go Cruising Again
1989 Porsche 911 Speedster Begs to Go Cruising Again

29 Sep 2020, 18:49 UTC / Expected to fetch close to $200,000 if not more at auction, this 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster is one of the best-preserved examples out there

 
How “World’s First Porsche” Type 64 Almost Became World’s Most Expensive
How “World’s First Porsche” Type 64 Almost Became World’s Most Expensive

29 Sep 2020, 17:08 UTC / The Type 64 is the only remaining item of three build by Ferdinand Porsche for the Nazi in 1939, long before Porsche started making cars

 
Guards Red 1994 Porsche 968 Clubsport Looks Pretty Clean Considering Its Age
Guards Red 1994 Porsche 968 Clubsport Looks Pretty Clean Considering Its Age

29 Sep 2020, 16:42 UTC / A well-maintained car that's been also restored by an official Porsche center, this 968 Clubsport is one of the best and most original out there

 
This Four-Cylinder 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo "Hides" a Very Nice Ferrari Touch
This Four-Cylinder 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo "Hides" a Very Nice Ferrari Touch

29 Sep 2020, 15:00 UTC / Owned by a racing driver, this black 944 youngtimer has been lightly changed to suit specific tastes - and that includes an interesting Ferrari connection

 
This 1962 Porsche 356 B Looks Ready To Meet Its Next Owner
This 1962 Porsche 356 B Looks Ready To Meet Its Next Owner

29 Sep 2020, 14:35 UTC / A rust-free survivor in very original condition despite a recent restoration, this 356 B can be yours for the princely price of 112,995 pounds sterling

 
Spectacular Porsche 911 RSR Posters Take Fans From Daytona to the Moon and Back
Spectacular Porsche 911 RSR Posters Take Fans From Daytona to the Moon and Back

29 Sep 2020, 12:46 UTC / These fine prints have been created by a team of artists and creatives who love the automotive sector, and can be had for exactly $121

 
Modern Porsche 959 Redesign Looks Astounding, Would Sell Like Hot Cakes
Modern Porsche 959 Redesign Looks Astounding, Would Sell Like Hot Cakes

29 Sep 2020, 11:27 UTC / The design of the Porsche 959 wouldn't have been nearly as appreciated as it is if it weren't for the car's tremendous performance

 
This 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Clone Is More Powerful Than the Original
This 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Clone Is More Powerful Than the Original

28 Sep 2020, 18:02 UTC / Over 80,000 pounds sterling were spent on turning this 1973 Porsche 911T into a reproduction of the Carrera 2.7 RS with 230 horsepower on deck

 
RHD 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Targa Is Looking for a New Owner
RHD 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Targa Is Looking for a New Owner

28 Sep 2020, 16:39 UTC / Only 22 units of the 930 Turbo in Targa configuration, right-hand drive, and the five-speed manual transmission have been sold in the UK according to Porsche

 
Celebrities Who Took Their Love of Porsche Full Throttle: The Collectors
Celebrities Who Took Their Love of Porsche Full Throttle: The Collectors

28 Sep 2020, 16:35 UTC / It’s hard not to love a Porsche, but these folks are so in love with them they’re investing good money in their museum-worthy collections

 
Tuned Porsche 911 Turbo S Races McLaren 720S, Somebody Gets Trampled
Tuned Porsche 911 Turbo S Races McLaren 720S, Somebody Gets Trampled

28 Sep 2020, 16:30 UTC / Since this tuned 991.1 Porsche 911 Turbo S experienced some fuel issues, it had to battle the McLaren 720S on six occasions before a conclusion was reached

 
Riviera Blue Porsche 993 RS Clubsport “Evocation” Looks Undeniably Stunning
Riviera Blue Porsche 993 RS Clubsport “Evocation” Looks Undeniably Stunning

28 Sep 2020, 14:51 UTC / Turning a Carrera 2 into the RS Clubsport is a pretty difficult undertaking, but this conversion beggars belief in terms of attention to detail

 
Porsche Celebrating 70 Years in the U.S., Should We Expect Something?
Porsche Celebrating 70 Years in the U.S., Should We Expect Something?

28 Sep 2020, 14:25 UTC / German carmaker Porsche celebrates in 2020 70 years on the American market, still no word on a potential special model for the occasion.

 
Porsche 911 "Apple Computer" Is the RWB 992 We Need
Porsche 911 "Apple Computer" Is the RWB 992 We Need

28 Sep 2020, 13:20 UTC / While the high price of the 992 means it might take a while until this 911 gets a RWB widebody kit, it could receive an Apple Computer wrap anytime