Apr 8, 2012
One of the most respected people in the car design world died thursday in Austria. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was 76 years old.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the designer of the original version of Porsche 911, died thursday in Salzburg. “Butz” Porsche was 76 years.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche and 1963 Porsche 911
German designer was the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, creator of the brand from Stuttgart who also drew the first Volkswagen Beetle. Ferdinand Alexander imagined the first Porsche 911 in 1962, the model being officially presented a year later at Frankfurt Motor Show.
Respected throughout the automotive industry for the contribution made to design through a shape that continues to be visually alluring and attract fans even after almost 50 years, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was retired from the company in 1972, with other family members, at the time when Porsche transformed into a joint stock company.
After leaving the Porsche structures, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche founded Design Studio, a company that continues today to provide simple and effective alternatives at the aesthetic level of common objects.
“From its position of the Porsche 911 creator, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche established a culture of design that continues to shape our sports models even today. The good design philosophy is, for us, a legacy that we shall honor it with respect in the future,” said Matthias Muller, CEO of Porsche, in the published press release.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche Legacy
Obviously, the posthumous homage statement advanced by the CEO Muller seems to be just one of complacency, in fact, the company will lose its exclusive character gradually, the current platform of Porsche 911 is completely new, adopting specific elements from other loco models, including from the “sedanized” Panamera, so if you compare it side by side, the “pure” silhouette of the first generation 911 with the easy “volkswagenized” silhouette of the current generation , the differences, both overall and detail, would be quite striking, even for an inexperienced eye. The sadly truth is that his real thoughts of the future vanished together with him…
“The design must be functional and the functionality should be implemented visual without complicated elements that need to be explained” – Ferdinand Alexander Porsche.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche via | Porsche