The name Porsche was a giant in the world of cars long before they made the humble Porsche 356. Ferry Porsche who was the chairman of the supervisory board of Porsche AG was born in the automobile hysteria that the Ford family had recently created. His father Ferdiand Porsche was creating seminal cars at the time. As with many at the time the war effort became paramount in Germany and when Ferdinand got jailed during the war it was Ferry who moved to Austria and the true Porsche that we know today was born.
The first Porsche was completed in 1948 on June the 8th. This was called 356 and with its compact design and low weight and short wheelbase it exceeded all expectations. It was said that whilst it was going up the Katschberg mountain pass it climbed like a goat. This format that the 356 was born out of was the starting point for virtually every Porsche built since.
Porsche however has always been about one car the one that everyone recognises. The 911, the 911 was not originally conceived as a direct replacement for the 356 but was an experiment of four seater version. When the 911 was first introduced into the line up it coincided with the third generation of Porsche in the family it was Ferry’s son also called Ferdinand it was he who was the designer of the 911 shape, that is still recognisable today in the modern variants of the 911. The 911 has to be the most famous Porsche car shape ever created.