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F. A. Porsche, Auto Designer of the 911 Has Died

By April 11, 2012

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Porsche AG in Stuttgart has posted a tribute on their website to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who died in Salzburg, Austria, at the age of 76. Known simply as F.A., he was the grandson of patriarch and founder Ferry Porsche. It reads:

"Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was born in Stuttgart on 11 December 1935, the oldest son of Dorothea and Ferry Porsche. Even his childhood was shaped by cars, and he spent much of his time in the engineering offices and development workshops of his grandfather Ferdinand Porsche.

In 1958, F.A. Porsche, as he was known by his colleagues, joined the engineering office of what was then Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche KG. He soon proved his great talent for design by sculpting the first model of a successor to the 356 model line out of plasticine. In 1962 he took over as head of the Porsche design studio, creating a worldwide furore one year later with the Porsche 901 (or 911). With the Porsche 911, F.A. Porsche created a sports car icon whose timeless and classical form survives to this very day in what is now the seventh 911 generation. However, in addition to passenger cars, F.A. Porsche also concerned himself with designing the sports cars of the 1960s. His best-known designs include the Type 804 Formula One racing car or the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, now considered to be one of the most beautiful racing cars ever."

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche will be buried in the family grave at Schüttgut in Zell am See, attended by his immediate family. An official funeral service will be held in Stuttgart at a later date.

You can read the full tribute here.

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April 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm
(1) Mike says:

I was young, I was making a lot of money an I needed a write off. My accountant said buy a 911 so I did. I picked it up at the factory and spent a couple weeks in Europe. 1982 911SC. An amazing vehicle. Why I am alive today I don’t know. My top speed was 140 on I-90 outside of Spokane. If you didn’t look at the speedometer you wouldn’t know you were going that fast. It held the road tight and was smooth. Redline in every gear…it just didn’t quit. After 180,000 miles I sold it for about what I paid for it. I miss that car!

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