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The origins of Porsche
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29 August 2008

The origins of PorscheIn the world of sports cars, everyone has a favorite. For many, the Porsche is the undisputed king. And like any great car, Porsche has a long and storied history. Professor Ferdinand Porsche originally started a company called “Dr. ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH” in 1931, with its main office stationed in Stuttgart. The company initially offered vehicle development work and consulting, and did not build any cars under its own name.

Among the company’s earliest assignments was to design a car for the German people. The resulting automobile was the Volkswagen Beetle, which is one of the most recognizable cars of all time. The first Porsche that the company produced was the Porsche 64. It was developed in 1939, using many components of the Beetle.

The Volkswagen factory fell to the British in 1945, and Ferdinand lost his position as company chairman when he was jailed for 20 months. During that time, Ferdinand’s son, Ferry Porsche, decided to build his own car after he was unable to find one on the market worth buying. He worked in Gmund, Austria and came up with the 356. This prototype was shown to German auto dealer, and production began after the pre-orders started rolling in. After hiring Reutter Carosseri to build the body of the 356, Porsche built an assembly plant across the street. In 1948, the 356 became road certified.

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