design of an electric motor for wheel hubs by Ferdinand
Porsche lays the foundation for numerous other
Lohner-Porsche Electric Car at the Paris Expo. The wheel
hub motors devised by Ferdinand Porsche, then a young
engineer and test driver, made the name Porsche famous
Ferdinand Porsche is a pioneer in the field of aviation
engines. At Austro-Daimler he designs engines for airships
Porsche becomes Director of Austro-Daimler and designs a
large, six-cylinder car.
Technical Director at Daimler in Stuttgart, Ferdinand
Porsche develops the legendary/supercharged MercedesBenz
SS and SSK sports cars, among others.
Porsche founded the Porsche Engineering Office in
Stuttgart. He thus laid the foundations for Dr.Ing.h.c. F.
Porsche AG today. First contract for the newlyfounded
design offices was a six-cylinder car for Wanderer in
Chemnitz (Porsche Type 7).
Commissioned by NSU, the Type 32 was designed, a
predecessor of the Volkswagen.
- Start on
legendary first test runs for a prototype of the
most-produced car in the world, the Volkswagen (Porsche
Type 60), in the countryside around Stuttgart.
Under the direction of Ferdinand Porsche, the first
assembly lines for Volkswagen are erected in Wolfsburg.
The finishing touches have been put to the Type 60, which
is ready for series production. But the Second World War
got in the way. A jeep was created on the basis of the
type 60. It was not until 1946 that the Volkswagen went
into series production.
Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, built under Ferdinand
Porsche's direction, was finished in September but
production of the Volkswagen (Porsche Type 60) could only
begin after the war.
Under the direction of Ferry Porsche, a sports car is
built in Gmünd based on Volkswagen parts: the 356. On June
8, 1948 the first sports car bearing the name Porsche is
born. A roadster of light metal.
Production begins in Stuttgart, Germany; the car is called
the 356 because it is the 356th project off the Porsche
builds the 1.5L flat-12 supercharged Cisitalia racing car
with driver-controlled four wheel drive.
factory enters a light-weight 356 in the Le Mans 24 hours
race. First two right hand drive Porsche 356s built and
imported into Australia by Norman Hamilton.
- The 550
mid-engined race car Spyder is created.
- More than
25,000 356 Porsches from Zuffenhausen were sent around the
world in the first ten years. Many of them are still
running. A 1600 Coupe cost 12,700 marks at that time.
- Work on a
new Porsche with six-cylinder engine began behind closed
doors. Body designer was Ferdinand Alexander Porsche,
oldest son of Ferdinand Porsche Jr.
"901" (later renamed the "911" after a protest by Peugeot)
is shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, 2L flat-6,
air-cooled engine, 97kW at 6200rpm. The engine is later
enlarged to 2.2L and 2.4L.
911 production begins. The Type 904, designed by F. A.
Porsche, anticipates many technical features which only
later became common in race car construction. It was the
first Porsche with a fiberglass body
wins the Targa Florio, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the
Rallye Monte Carlo.
- The mid-engined
sports car, VW Porsche 914, was launched on the world's
markets in a marketing cooperative with the Volkswagen
factory. It was joined by the Type 914/6 with 911 engine.
Porsche captures the World Championship for Makes for the
is always found at the front. Overall winner of the 24
Hours of Le Mans for the first time, World Champion for
Makes again and a third victory for a 911 in the Rallye
The Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche KG is turned into a stock
company. Weissach Development Center is ready for
G-body 911 (e.g. larger bumpers), 2.7L flat-6 engine. A
prototype 911-Turbo was shown at the Paris Motor Show.
911 Turbo, 2.7L, 186kW, rear "whale-tail spoiler".
New 3.0L, 6.5:1 c.r., 0.8bar boost, turbo engine, 194kW at
4-cylinder, water-cooled, front engined 924 is a new
departure; later developed into the 944 and 968.
was the first manufacturer to offer standard, hotdip,
galvanized bodies. The Porsche 924 with transaxle chassis
arrived as successor to the VW Porsche 914. Porsche is
World Champion for Makes again; a first time for the 935
trubo race sports car which dominates until 1981
7.0:1 c.r. Porsche 911, inter-cooled (1978), 224kW, 416Nm.
(And in the front-engined layout... the V8, water-cooled
- The new
Type 928 becomes the first sports car chosen "Car of the
- The Type
944 extends the Porsche model range in this year The 911
Ferry Porsche Special edition was created to celebrate the
firm's 50th anniversary.