You know his last name, but you definitely know his creation. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the designer of the original Porsche 911, passed away a few days ago in his home in Salzburg, Austria. He was 76 years old.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was born on December 11, 1935 to Ferry an d Dorothea Porsche. He was the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, the designer of the Volkswagen Beetle and founder of Porsche AG.
Early in his life, F.A. Porsche was already involved in cars, as he was often found in the engineering shops and design offices of his grandfather. 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, eventually taking over as head of the Porsche design studio.
A year after, he came out with the design of the Porsche 901, which would eventually be re-named as the 911 due to Peugeot having the rights to any car name with a zero between two numbers. Today, F.A. Porsche's original design for the 911 still holds true, nearly 50 years since.
He founded the Porsche Design Group in 1972 and continued work designing items like luxury watches for IWC and Eterna.
Since Ferdinand Alexander's retirement in 2005, he has spent much of his time at his home in Salzburg and was given the title of Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Dr.-Ing. hc F. Porsche AG.