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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.
30 Years Later, U.S. Porsche Carrera Cup Fans Are Finally Getting the Action
30 Years Later, U.S. Porsche Carrera Cup Fans Are Finally Getting the Action

28 Sep 2020, 10:00 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The Porsche Carrera Cup North America will debut in spring next year, and the one-model series will visit famous American tracks with the new 911 GT3 Cup

 
1975 Porsche 914 With Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Engine Swap Still Bombs
1975 Porsche 914 With Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Engine Swap Still Bombs

28 Sep 2020, 09:43 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / 1975 Porsche 914 gets restored and receives a Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS engine, still doesn't manage to impress during an online auction

 
1985 Porsche 911 Is Roy Orbison’s European-Speck of Cool in America
1985 Porsche 911 Is Roy Orbison’s European-Speck of Cool in America

28 Sep 2020, 08:58 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabrio initially ordered and imported by late American musician Roy Orbison available as part of an online auction

 
This Is How 408 Porsche Horsepower Looked Like in 1996
This Is How 408 Porsche Horsepower Looked Like in 1996

28 Sep 2020, 08:09 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Almost perfectly preserved (although driven for thousands of miles) 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo up for grabs as rare American-spec gem

 
Porsche’s Knife Is No 911, but Still as Sharp
Porsche’s Knife Is No 911, but Still as Sharp

28 Sep 2020, 07:26 UTC · By: Elena Gorgan / The Universal Knife by Porsche Design is crafted from pure Japanese steel, under the supervision of Austrian chef Jörg Wörther

 
See Porsche's Booth at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show From the Comfort of Your Home
See Porsche's Booth at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show From the Comfort of Your Home

28 Sep 2020, 06:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Rescheduled because of the ongoing health concerns, the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, the biggest of its nature in China, has finally started

 
2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Does 0-60 MPH in 3.3 Seconds in First Review
2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Does 0-60 MPH in 3.3 Seconds in First Review

27 Sep 2020, 19:31 UTC · By: Mihnea Radu / This is slower than the claimed 2.9 seconds. However, the driving conditions during the shoot look way less than perfect.

 
Porsche 911 GT2 RS in Its Timepiece Form - A Hot New Porsche Design Chronograph
Porsche 911 GT2 RS in Its Timepiece Form - A Hot New Porsche Design Chronograph

27 Sep 2020, 13:45 UTC · By: Cristian Curmei / Porsche Design is known for making timepieces for specific cars. This one is for the 911 GT2 RS, and includes carbon fiber, gold, and 28-jewel movements.

 
This 1975 Porsche 911 S Could Be Just Perfect with a Light Restoration
This 1975 Porsche 911 S Could Be Just Perfect with a Light Restoration

27 Sep 2020, 13:13 UTC · By: Bogdan Popa / Someone is selling their ’75 Porsche 911 S, and by the looks of things, simple fixes are all it needs to re-become a genuine head-turner

 
2021 Porshe 911 Turbo S Comes Alive with Tubi Style Exhaust, Popcorn Too
2021 Porshe 911 Turbo S Comes Alive with Tubi Style Exhaust, Popcorn Too

26 Sep 2020, 18:10 UTC · By: Andrei Tutu / Italian aftermarket developer Tubi Style offers an exhaust system for the 992-generation Porsche 911 Turbo S and we can now sample this

 
2011 Porsche 911 Turbo Is Not Quite Contemporary, Nor Exactly a Youngtimer
2011 Porsche 911 Turbo Is Not Quite Contemporary, Nor Exactly a Youngtimer

26 Sep 2020, 05:15 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / With the entire weekend left to bid on this auction you could upgrade your garage with a sleek Turbo model of the Porsche 911 from two generations ago

 
10 Speeding Porsches Get 10 Speeding Tickets All at Once, Are Quite a Sight
10 Speeding Porsches Get 10 Speeding Tickets All at Once, Are Quite a Sight

26 Sep 2020, 04:35 UTC · By: Elena Gorgan / Colorado State Police issue warning after pulling over a group of like-minded friends, speeding in their Porsches: better slow down before it’s too late

 
Buy a $300 Porsche Cayenne S. What Can Go Wrong?
Buy a $300 Porsche Cayenne S. What Can Go Wrong?

25 Sep 2020, 20:00 UTC · By: Mihnea Radu / Everything. The car is basically junk with an engine that can't be fixed and one of the worst cream leather interiors you've ever seen

 
Porsche 911 Carrera Takes on C8 Corvette and Shelby GT500 in Sports Car Review
Porsche 911 Carrera Takes on C8 Corvette and Shelby GT500 in Sports Car Review

25 Sep 2020, 19:04 UTC · By: Mihnea Radu / Somehow, a $115,000, 379 horsepower base Porsche 911 gets compared to a 760 hp Shelby GT500 and doesn't embarrass itself at all

 
One Year’s Rent of Living Here and You Could Buy a 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
One Year’s Rent of Living Here and You Could Buy a 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

25 Sep 2020, 17:05 UTC · By: Cristian Curmei / A building found in Miami designed by Porsche Design has a car lift and garage, a swimming pool on the balcony, and an outdoor kitchen, for each apartment.

 
Porsche Design Empties Your Pocket With the 31K Globetimer UTC Gold Edition
Porsche Design Empties Your Pocket With the 31K Globetimer UTC Gold Edition

25 Sep 2020, 16:40 UTC · By: Cristian Curmei / The UTC family includes two watches by Porsche Design, the standard and the Gold Edition. Both use the same calibrator but with a price difference of 25K.

 
Porsche 992 GT3 Release Date Accidentally Leaked Through Charity Event
Porsche 992 GT3 Release Date Accidentally Leaked Through Charity Event

25 Sep 2020, 14:15 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / It doesn't say GT3 specifically, but it might as well have since it leaves very little doubt over the identity of the mystery Porsche model

 
BBi VMax GT2 RS Porsche: The World’s Fastest Factory-Engined 911, a Love Story
BBi VMax GT2 RS Porsche: The World’s Fastest Factory-Engined 911, a Love Story

25 Sep 2020, 12:32 UTC · By: Elena Gorgan / BBI Autosport turned Porsche’s most powerful production car into a real monster on the track, theoretically capable of 245 mph. It’s also good for grocery runs

 
Porsche Electric Coupe Shows Sleek GT Design
Porsche Electric Coupe Shows Sleek GT Design

25 Sep 2020, 12:20 UTC · By: Andrei Tutu / Porsche estimates that, by 2025, around 50% of the new cars it delivers will be EVs or plug-in hybrids. And this rendering portrays the inevitable coupe

 
Porsche Shines the Electric Spotlight on Revamped Panamera in 4S E-Hybrid Guise
Porsche Shines the Electric Spotlight on Revamped Panamera in 4S E-Hybrid Guise

25 Sep 2020, 11:15 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The Stuttgart-based premium sports car manufacturer has come up with a very concise video presentation of the newly introduced performance-oriented PHEV