Ferdinand Alexander Porsche has died at the age of 76 in Salzburg, Austria last Thursday. He is famous for having designed the original version of the legendary 911 sports car in 1962. In a statement, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller said that Ferdinand Alexander Porsche created a design culture that continues to influence its sportscars until now.
Mueller continued on to say that Porsche’s “philosophy of good design” is a legacy that the company will not stop honoring. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche’s grandfather Ferdinand Porsche is the creator of the original Volkswagen.
After designing the first 911, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche continued on to develop race cars for the brand until 1972, which is when he left together with other members of family as Porsche was made into a joint stock company. Last September, Porsche presented the 7th generation of the 911, which is now priced at 88,000 euros or $115,000.
This 350hp sportscar can hit a top speed of 289 kph (179 mph) and could accelerate from zero to 100 km in 4.6 seconds. Guenther Molter, who was the co-author of the Ferry Porsche autobiography of his father, said that Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was a “very special man” who considered the Porsche company as “his life.”
After Ferdinand Alexander Porsche left Porsche, he founded the Porsche Design Studio, where he developed watches, eyeglasses, and writing utensils, as well as other design projects. His work can be distinguished by its clear, austere lines.
The Porsche statement further described Ferdinand Alexander Porsche’s philosophy as a functional design that is “visually implemented” and doesn’t need to be explained. The interment ceremony for Ferdinand Alexander Porsche will be held at Zell am See in Austria and will be attended by close family members. Porsche said that there will be a public ceremony scheduled at a later date.