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F. A. Porsche died: The father of the Porsche 911 is dead

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche dies
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M atthias Müller, CEO of Porsche AG, pays tribute to the services of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche about the sports car manufacturer: 'We mourn the death of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. As the creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture in our company that has shaped our sports cars to this day. His philosophy of good design is a legacy for us we will continue to hold in honor in the future. '

The eldest son of Dorothea and Ferry Porsche became born on December 11, 1935 in Stuttgart. In 1958, F.A. Porsche - also called 'Butzi' - joins the design office of what was then Porsche KG. There he first created the first model of a successor to the 356 series.

In 1962 he took over the management of the Porsche design studio and one year later caused a worldwide sensation with the Porsche 901 (or 911). With the Porsche 911, F.A. Porsche is a sports car icon, whose timeless and classic shape lives on in what is now the seventh generation of the 911. In addition to passenger cars, F.A. Porsche, however, also with the design of the racing cars of the 1960s. His best-known designs include the Type 804 Formula 1 racing car or the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, which is now considered one of the most beautiful racing cars of all.

'Good design should be honest'

In the course of the transformation of Porsche KG into a stock corporation in 1971/72, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche left the operational business of the company together with all other family members. In 1972 he founded the 'Porsche Design Studio' in Stuttgart, whose headquarters were relocated to Zell am See in Austria in 1974. In the following decades he designed numerous classic men's accessories such as watches, glasses and writing implements under the 'Porsche Design' brand. At the same time, he and his team designed a large number of industrial products, household appliances and consumer goods for international clients under the 'Design by F. A. Porsche' brand. 'Design has to be functional, and functionality has to be converted visually into aesthetics, without gags that first have to be explained' was the credo for his creative work. FA. Porsche: 'A formally harmonious product does not need any decoration, it should be enhanced by the pure form.' The form should be understandable and not distract from the product and its function.'Good design should be honest', was his conviction.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche received numerous honors and awards for his work as a designer as well as for individual designs. The 'Comité Internationale de Promotion et de Prestige' honored him in 1968 for the conception of the Porsche 911, while the Industrieforum Design Hannover (iF) voted him 'Award Winner of the Year' in 1992. The Austrian Federal President awarded him the title of professor in 1999.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche remained closely associated with Porsche AG as a shareholder and supervisory board member. Even after he left operational business, he accompanied the design of Porsche sports cars for many decades. This also applies in particular to the difficult period for Porsche at the beginning of the 1990s. From 1990 to 1993 F.A. Porsche as chairman of the company's supervisory board and thus played a major role in the economic turnaround of Porsche AG. In 2005 he handed over his supervisory board mandate to his son Ferdinand Oliver and took over the honorary chairmanship of the supervisory board.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche is buried in close family circles in the family grave at Schüttgut in Zell am See. An official memorial service will take place in Stuttgart at a later date.


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