An immaculate designer and the man behind the flawless design of the original Porsche 911, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, nicknamed “Butzi”, passed away on the 5th of this month. He was 76.
Born on December 11, 1935, in Stuttgart, Porsche was the grandson of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche (the automotive engineer and pioneer who created the Mercedes-Benz compressor and Volkswagen Beetle) and the son of Ferry Porsche.
With such legendary inheritance, Porsche was born on December 11 1935 in Stuttgart. He designed the 911 in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with the car making its first official appearance at the Frankfurt motor show in 1963.
He also designed a number of racing cars for Porsche, before leaving in 1972 when the company went public. He remained on the supervisory board until the mid-2000s.
A statement from Matthias Müller, chief executive officer of Porsche AG, said: “As creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture that molds our sports cars still today. His philosophy of good design is for us a legacy that we will also honor in the future.”
With their second-to-none brand presence in both performance and luxury, Porsche has indeed lost a great leader and designing icon.