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Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the designer of the 911, passed away at age 76

By FaezClutchless on 06 Apr 2012

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One of the most important people in the automotive industry has left us. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche has passed away on Thursday, 05 April 2012, at age 76 in Salzburg, Austria. The cause of death was not revealed. Alexander Porsche is the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, the man who was responsible in founding the famous sports car marque.

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Ferdinand Alexander Porsche is the son of Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche (commonly known as Ferry Porsche) and was nicknamed “Butzi” by his family. His passion for cars started at an early age, as we can see that both his father and grandfather were responsible for two iconic cars, the Porsche 356 and Volkswagen Beetle respectively.

He started working for the company in 1958 and four years later he became the head of the design department in Porsche. A year later, he designed a replacement for the Porsche 356 that his father created over a decade earlier. The car featured a rear-mounted engine and a low, sloping front hood was first named the 901 but Porsche had to change it in the last minute because Peugeot has trademarked every three-numbered name that had a zero in the middle.

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Type 804 F1 race car.

The company launched the car in 1964 under the 911 name and currently, it is in its seventh generation. The Porsche 911 is hugely regarded as one of the most influential and respected sports car of all time. Other than the 911, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche is also known for designing the Type 804 (an F1 car) and the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS.

Ferdinand Alexander left his family’s company in 1972 and started Porsche Design. Porsche Design is a luxury brand that sold luggage, watches, glasses, pens and etc. He served as the honorary chairman of the Porsche supervisory board until 2005, when he retired from all professional activity.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche will be buried in the family grave at Schüttgut in Zell am See and is survived by his wife and his three sons.

Photo credit: Auto Blog, Wikipedia and carbase.com

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