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Ferdinand Anton Ernst “Ferry” Porsche

1909-1998

Ferry Porsche in 1954
Ferry Porsche in 1954. © Porsche
Ferry Porsche
Full Name
Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche
Known As
Ferry Porsche
Born
19 September 1909
Died
27 March 1998 (aged 88)
Nationality
Austrian-German
Children
Ferdinand, Wolfgang, Gerhard, Hans-Peter Porsche
Why We Care
While his father was imprisoned, Ferry ran the company. He created the first cars that were uniquely associated with the company. He was a huge part of the growth of the company. 

Ferry Porsche

1909 – 1998

Born on September 19, 1909, of Austrian descent, Ferry Porsche kept the Porsche flame alive when his father was imprisoned in France. Ferry Porsche was one of the first employees to work in his father’s design engineering office, but it is his mark on the company while his father was away that made a huge difference. His realization of a small sports car based on the Volkswagen in collaboration with the head design engineer Karl Rabe (1895-1968) and the body design engineer Erwin Komenda (1904-1966) constituted a new departure for the company (who had mainly design-focused till then) and lead to the Porsche 356. Ferry Porsche founded the company’s global reputation as a producer of successful sports and racing cars in 1948. In doing so, he used the same design principles that his father applied with the Volkswagen (air-cooled horizontally opposed engine in rear), and, at the same time, upheld the racing tradition that his father started.

The Basics

Ferdinand (Ferry) Anton Ernst Porsche, the second child of Ferdinand and Aloisia Porsche, was born on 19 September 1909 in Wiener Neustadt. His sister Louise (1904-1999) was already five years of age. At the time of his birth, his father was employed as a Technical Manager at Austro-Daimler in Wiener Neustadt.

Ferry Porsche was one of the first employees to work in his father’s design engineering office, which he founded in Stuttgart in 1931. Beforehand, Ferry Porsche completed a one-year industrial placement at the Bosch company in Stuttgart after finishing school. In a further year at the firm, he received theoretical, intensive, and private instruction in automotive engineering. As early as 1932, Ferry Porsche was assigned certain responsibilities, namely, test control, the coordination of design engineers and the maintenance of good client relationships (e.g. with Auto Union in Zwickau). When Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche GmbH was commissioned by the Imperial Federation of the Automobile Industry (Reichsverband der Automobilindustrie (RDA)) in 1934 to build a Volkswagen (Porsche model 60), Ferry Porsche was placed in charge of the test drives very soon afterwards. Seeing as more and more of his father’s time was being taken up with concerns relating to the establishment of the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Ferry Porsche was appointed Deputy Manager of the entire business, which was located in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen since 1938. Because of the increasing threat of air attacks on Stuttgart, Ferry Porsche oversaw the relocation of essential divisions of the design engineering office to Gmünd/Carinthia. The headquarters and Ferry Porsche, himself, remained in Stuttgart.

Following several month’s imprisonment by the Americans and the French and internment, Ferry Porsche returned in July 1946 to Gmünd/Carinthia, the sole location of the company since the end of the war, and took over management of the business because his father was still in French captivity. The realization of his concept of a small sports car based on the Volkswagen in collaboration with the head design engineer Karl Rabe (1895-1968) and the body design engineer Erwin Komenda (1904-1966), 17 years after his father had founded the business, constituted a new departure for the company, which, hitherto, had been a pure design engineering office and was now also to become a production company.

Thanks to the Porsche model 356, Ferry Porsche founded the company’s global reputation as a producer of successful sports and racing cars in 1948. In doing so, he used the same design principles that his father applied with the Volkswagen (air-cooled horizontally opposed engine in rear), and, at the same time, upheld the racing tradition that his father started in 1900 at the beginning of his career as a design engineer. 52 units of the Porsche model 356 were manually built at Gmünd.

In 1949, Ferry Porsche returned with the company to Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen in his capacity as General Manager. However, the former premises were still occupied by the Americans. Consequently, the first Porsche 356 was produced under makeshift conditions in the rented rooms of the car body company Reutter in spring 1950. Prior to this, Ferry Porsche concluded a forward-looking contract with Heinz Nordhoff (1899-1968), the General Manager of Volkswagen. The contract stipulated that the Volkswagen plant would supply the parts required for the sports car series. Furthermore, it set forth that the cars produced by the company would be sold via the sales network of the VW plant and be serviced by its service organisation. The Porsche company undertook to advise the Volkswagen factory on activities relating to design engineering.

Ferry Porsche achieved a second major triumph by concluding contracts with VW wholesalers, which meant a more stable financial situation for the company’s future development.

When his father died in January 1951, Ferry Porsche had assumed sole responsibility of the company and, as General Manager, oversaw its transformation from a limited partnership to a public limited company (plc) in 1972. Although the nominal capital of the plc was increased in 1984, the Porsche and Piëch families are still the sole proprietors of the ordinary shares.

The Full Timeline & Visual History

1909

1909 September 19 Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche is born in Wiener Neustadt (50 km south of Vienna), Austria-Hungary, as the second child of Ferdinand and Aloisia Johanna Porsche (born Kaes). The day Ferry Porsche was born, his father was competing with his Austro-Daimler Maja race car at Semmering (40 km from home). He found out about his son’s birth by telegram. At that time Ferry’s father was employed as a Technical Manager at Austro-Daimler in Wiener Neustadt.
Ferdinand Anton Ernst got his name from his father Ferdinand, his grandfather Anton and his uncle Ernst.

1915. Ferry Porsche with sister Louise, aged 6 and 11
1915. Ferry Porsche with sister Louise, aged 6 and 11. © Porsche
Ferry at a gymkhana (autocross) competition in Vienna
Ferry at a gymkhana (autocross) competition in Vienna. © Porsche

1921

In 1921, Ferry competed at a gymkhana (autocross) competition in Vienna with his “toy car”, built by Austro-Daimler and given to Ferry by his father for Christmas 1920. The car had an air-cooled 2-cylinder four-stroke engine. Thanks to this car, Ferry learned to drive at he age of 11.© Porsche

ca 1922 Ries race, Graz, Steiermark. Ferry Porsche in front of his father.
ca 1922 Ries race, Graz, Steiermark. Ferry Porsche in front of his father. © Porsche

1923

In 1923 the family moved to Stuttgart, Germany.

1925

In 1925 and 1926, the authorities issued a special driving license for the 16 year old Ferry.

1928

1928 Ferry completed a 1-year industrial placement at Bosch in Stuttgart.

© Porsche

1931

April 25, 1931 Ferry’s father set up his own independent design office. It was recorded in the Commercial Register as “Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH, Konstruktionen und Beratung für Motoren und Fahrzeuge”. Ferry was one of the first employees there.

1932

In 1932, at his father’s design bureau Ferry was assigned test control, the coordination of design engineers and the maintenance of good client relationships (e.g. with Auto Union).

1934

In 1934, when Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche GmbH was commissioned by the Imperial Federation of the Automobile Industry (Reichsverband der Automobilindustrie – RDA) to create the Volkswagen, Ferry Porsche was placed in charge of the test drives very soon afterwards.

1935. Ferry Porsche at the wheel of the second Volkswagen prototype (V2) on the market square in Tübingen. Beside him is his wife Dorothea and on the backseat is Hellmuth Zarges, a friend of the Porsche family.
1935. Ferry Porsche at the wheel of the second Volkswagen prototype (V2) on the market square in Tübingen. Beside him is his wife Dorothea and on the backseat is Hellmuth Zarges, a friend of the Porsche family. © Porsche

1935

On January 10 1935, Ferry marries Dorothea Reitz. December 11, son Ferdinand Alexander Porsche is born.

1937

In 1937, Ferry joins his father on his second US visit. They travel to USA on the SS “Bremen” (June 22-26). The first goal was a visit to the Vanderbilt Cup race at the Roosevelt Raceway on Long Island, New York on July 5. Bernd Rosemeyer and Ernst von Delius took part in this race in Auto Union 16-cylinder “P” racing cars (Porsche Type 22). Bernd Rosemeyer finished in first place ahead of Dick Seaman in a Mercedes-Benz. Ernst von Delius was fourth. It was the first time since 1918 that German cars had raced in North America. Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche were also accompanied by Jakob Werlin of Daimler-Benz, Otto Dieckhoff, an expert in production techniques, Dr. Bodo Lafferentz of the German Workers Front and Ghislaine Kaes, Dr.Porsche’s private secretary. After the race, the group studied the modern production methods of major American motor manufacturers, in order to gain ideas for the proposed Volkswagen plant.

1937. Ferry on a ferry (transatlantic express steamship “Bremen”).
1937. Ferry on a ferry (transatlantic express steamship “Bremen”). © Porsche
1937. Ferdinand Porsche with his son Ferdinand Anton Ernst “Ferry” Porsche
1937. Ferdinand Porsche with his son Ferdinand Anton Ernst “Ferry” Porsche. © Porsche

1938

In 1938, as more and more of his father’s time was being taken up with concerns relating to the establishment of the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Ferry Porsche was appointed Deputy Manager of the entire business.
Son Gerhard Anton Porsche is born.

1940

October 29, 1940, his son Hans-Peter Porsche is born.

1943

May 10, 1943 his son Wolfgang Porsche is born. Ferry moves his family to Zell am See, Austria, to avoid bombing.

1944

In 1944, because of the increasing threat of air attacks on Stuttgart in autumn Ferry oversaw the relocation of essential divisions of the design engineering office to Gmünd in Carinthia, Austria. The headquarters and Ferry himself remained in Stuttgart.

1945

In 1945, after the war the French government requested Porsche to build a French version of the compact Volkswagen, but Jean Pierre Peugeot resisted this. Surprisingly, on December 15, during an official appointment at Wolfsburg, Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche as well as Anton Piëch, a Viennese attorney who was the husband of Ferry’s sister, were arrested as criminals of war. Ferry was detained by Americans, his father interned by French.

1946

In 1946, Ferry returned to Gmünd in July. Gmünd was the sole location of the company since the end of the war. Ferry took over the management of the business because his father was still in French captivity. Ferry was actually released from prison in order to collect ransom to buy out his father. Luckily Italian Piero Dusio of Cisitalia racing car company ordered a racing car from Ferry.

Porsche type 360 Cisitalia Grand Prix. Dr. Porsche's designed unraced 1939 1.5-litre supercharged V12 Auto-Union racing car provided the basis for the design of the Cisitalia F1 car which was built around a mid mounted supercharged 1.5L flat-12 engine. The car was designed by Porsche in Austria and built by Cisitalia in Italy. The engine was designed for 300 hp giving a top speed of 300 km/h. Later bench tests showed about 385 bhp at 10,500 rpm. The chassis was of chromoly tubing. The car had 4WD system with disconnectable front drive!
Porsche type 360 Cisitalia Grand Prix. Dr. Porsche’s designed unraced 1939 1.5-litre supercharged V12 Auto-Union racing car provided the basis for the design of the Cisitalia F1 car which was built around a mid mounted supercharged 1.5L flat-12 engine. The car was designed by Porsche in Austria and built by Cisitalia in Italy. The engine was designed for 300 hp giving a top speed of 300 km/h. Later bench tests showed about 385 bhp at 10,500 rpm. The chassis was of chromoly tubing. The car had 4WD system with disconnectable front drive! © Porsche

Ferry sees Cisitalia building small sports cars using Fiat engines and has the same plan with Volkswagen parts. Porsche had done it already before the war, with the KdF Berlin-Rome racing car (Porsche type 64 / Volkswagen type 60K10).

1947

In July 1947, design work began on the Type 356 under the direction of Ferry Porsche and head of construction Karl Rabe. The car’s shape was the work of car-body constructor Erwin Komenda, who had also created the shape of the Volkswagen (Porsche type 60). In September, upon his return from prison, Ferry’s father examined the design of the Cisitalia racing car, which was constructed under the management of Ferry. After close observation, he came to the conclusion: “I would have built it exactly the same, right down to the last screw”.

1948

In 1948, the 356 design concepts became reality in the first half of the year. The chassis had completed its maiden drive in February and on June 8, first Porsche 356 prototype is road registered. It gained a “single approval” from the Kärnten regional government’s construction control office in Klagenfurt. In July, this mid-engined tubular steel framework roadster with lightweight aerodynamic aluminium body scores its first class victory at the Innsbruck Stadtrennen.

Gmünd, Carinthia, Austria. Exterior designer Erwin Komenda, Ferry Porsche, Ferdinand Porsche, 356 no.1 (35 hp, 585 kg / 1290 lbs, 135 km/h / 84 mph).
Gmünd, Carinthia, Austria. Exterior designer Erwin Komenda, Ferry Porsche, Ferdinand Porsche, 356 no.1 (35 hp, 585 kg / 1290 lbs, 135 km/h / 84 mph). © Porsche
356 no.1: only one car was made with this design and with mid-engine
356 no.1: only one car was made with this design and with mid-engine. © Porsche

On September 17, 1948 Ferry concluded a contract with the Volkswagenwerk on the supply of VW parts and the use of VW’s distribution network for selling Porsche cars. This clearly shows that Ferry was not only an outstanding engineer, but also a great entrepreneur.

1948 Porsche 356/2 with aluminium body
1948 Porsche 356/2 with aluminium body. © Porsche
1948 Porsche 356/2 with aluminium body
1948 Porsche 356/2 with aluminium body. © Porsche
1948 Porsche 356/2 Cabriolet with aluminium body by Beutler
1948 Porsche 356/2 Cabriolet with aluminium body by Beutler. © Porsche
1948 Porsche 356/2 Cabriolet with aluminium body by Beutler
1948 Porsche 356/2 Cabriolet with aluminium body by Beutler. © Porsche

 

1949. Ferry's son Ferdinand Alexander "Butzi" Porsche, Ferry's father Ferdinand Porsche and Ferry's nephew Ferdinand Karl Piëch. Both young boys were to become serious players in the future - F.A.Porsche as the designer of the 911 and 904 and Ferdinand Piëch as the creator of Porsche 917, VW Phaeton, Bentley Continental GT and Bugatti Veyron.
1949. Ferry’s son Ferdinand Alexander “Butzi” Porsche, Ferry’s father Ferdinand Porsche and Ferry’s nephew Ferdinand Karl Piëch. Both young boys were to become serious players in the future – F.A.Porsche as the designer of the 911 and 904 and Ferdinand Piëch as the creator of Porsche 917, VW Phaeton, Bentley Continental GT and Bugatti Veyron. © Porsche
Driver's license from 1949
Driver’s license from 1949

52 units of the aluminiumbodied Porsche 356 were manually built in Gmünd between 1948-1950.

1950

In 1950, Ferry Porsche returned the company to Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. On April 6, the first Porsche 356 is produced in Stuttgart in the rented rooms of the car body company Reutter. 369 cars are made in 1950.

1950 After the Midnight Sun Rally: (from the left) Crown Prince Joachim of Fürstenberg, Ferry Porsche, Constantin Count of Berckheim, Prince Fritzi of Fürstenberg and Count Günther of Hardenberg. It had been Count Hardenberg's initiative that had led to Ferry's participation in the "Midnight Sun Rally". The Crown Prince of Fürstenberg, partnered by Constantin Count of Berckheim, won the 1100cc category, while Count Hardenberg was the victor in the mountain race.
1950 After the Midnight Sun Rally: (from the left) Crown Prince Joachim of Fürstenberg, Ferry Porsche, Constantin Count of Berckheim, Prince Fritzi of Fürstenberg and Count Günther of Hardenberg. It had been Count Hardenberg’s initiative that had led to Ferry’s participation in the “Midnight Sun Rally”. The Crown Prince of Fürstenberg, partnered by Constantin Count of Berckheim, won the 1100cc category, while Count Hardenberg was the victor in the mountain race. © Porsche
1950 Porsche office, Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart. From left: engine constructor Leopold Jäntschke, Ferry Porsche, Ferdinand Porsche, Emil Soukup
1950 Porsche office, Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart. From left: engine constructor Leopold Jäntschke, Ferry Porsche, Ferdinand Porsche, Emil Soukup. © Porsche
1950. Ferdinand Porsche standing next to the 356 "Gmünd Coupé" with his son Ferry Porsche at the wheel. Behind the car is the double garage of Porsche's villa in Stuttgart, in which the first Volkswagen prototypes were built
1950. Ferdinand Porsche standing next to the 356 “Gmünd Coupé” with his son Ferry Porsche at the wheel. Behind the car is the double garage of Porsche’s villa in Stuttgart, in which the first Volkswagen prototypes were built. © Porsche

1951

January 30, 1951 at the age of 75 Ferry’s father Professor Dr. Ing. h.c. Ferdinand Porsche dies in Stuttgart. He is laid to rest in chapel in family estate “Schüttgut” in Zell am See, Austria.

1951. Ferry Porsche with his closest colleagues. Back row: Franz Sieberer (archivist), Emil Soukup (patent engineer), Leopold Schmidt (gears and chassis construction;creator of Porsche's synchronising ring gear system), Leopold Jäntschke (engine construction) and Egon Forst (engineering accounts). Front row: Erwin Komenda (car-body construction manager), Ferry Porsche; Karl Rabe (head of construction), Franz Xaver Reimspieß (engine construction).
1951. Ferry Porsche with his closest colleagues. Back row: Franz Sieberer (archivist), Emil Soukup (patent engineer), Leopold Schmidt (gears and chassis construction;creator of Porsche’s synchronising ring gear system), Leopold Jäntschke (engine construction) and Egon Forst (engineering accounts). Front row: Erwin Komenda (car-body construction manager), Ferry Porsche; Karl Rabe (head of construction), Franz Xaver Reimspieß (engine construction). © Porsche
1951 spring. The 500th Porsche 356 is made.
1951 spring. The 500th Porsche 356 is made. © Porsche

For its first entry in the Le Mans 24-hour race, Porsche had a 356/2 Gmünd coupé with aluminium body on the starting grid. Auguste Veuillet and Edmond Mouche won the 1.1L class (20th overall out of 60 starters). Although the new factory in Stuttgart had been producing the steelbodied 356’s for more than a year already, the aluminiumbodied 356’s from the Gmünd era were used.

Le Mans 24-hour race, Porsche had a 356/2 Gmünd coupé
Le Mans 24-hour race, Porsche had a 356/2 Gmünd coupé. © Porsche
Aluminium bodied 356/2 Gmünd Coupé for Le Mans: 1.1L 46 hp, 640 kg / 1410 lbs. The restored car shown here has the racing numbers with wrong font.© Porsche
Aluminium bodied 356/2 Gmünd Coupé for Le Mans: 1.1L 46 hp, 640 kg / 1410 lbs. The restored car shown here has the racing numbers with wrong font. © Porsche

The 34th IAA was the first ever in Frankfurt am Main and the second to be held after the war. The first show after the war was held in Berlin in 1950. 1951 was Porsche’s first time as an exhibitor at the International Motor Show.

1951 IAA Frankfurt. Ferry Porsche in conversation with Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Prof. Dr. Heinrich Nordhoff, general manager of the VW. © Porsche
1951 IAA Frankfurt. Ferry Porsche in conversation with Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Prof. Dr. Heinrich Nordhoff, general manager of the VW. © Porsche
Ferry with Porsche's US-importer Max Hoffman
Ferry with Porsche’s US-importer Max Hoffman. © Porsche
1953 Le Mans 24H. Ferry Porsche and Baron Fritz Huschke von Hanstein who joined Porsche in 1952 and was not only in charge of the press office and Porsche's motor racing activities, but was also a successful works racing driver, photographer and film-maker.
1953 Le Mans 24H. Ferry Porsche and Baron Fritz Huschke von Hanstein who joined Porsche in 1952 and was not only in charge of the press office and Porsche’s motor racing activities, but was also a successful works racing driver, photographer and film-maker. © Porsche
1953 October, Paris Motor Show, 550 Spyder on display.
1953 October, Paris Motor Show, 550 Spyder on display. The 550 in coupé form had already debuted on May 31 at the Nürburgring winning its class.© Porsche
Ferry with sons
Ferry with sons. © Porsche
1954. Ferry Porsche's sons: Hans-Peter (b.1940), Ferdinand Alexander (b.1935), Gerhard (b.1938) and Wolfgang (b.1943) in a Porsche 550 Spyder.
1954. Ferry Porsche’s sons: Hans-Peter (b.1940), Ferdinand Alexander (b.1935), Gerhard (b.1938) and Wolfgang (b.1943) in a Porsche 550 Spyder. © Porsche
Ferry with the famous Porsche engine (if an engine can be called famous). It is the Porsche type 547 engine designed by Ernst Fuhrmann. It was an incredibly complicated roller-bearing-equipped 4-cam engine. These first 4-cam engines took a skilled man 120 hours to assemble a complete engine, and the timing alone could take 8-15 hours. This engine was used in 550 and 356 Carrera models.
Ferry with the famous Porsche engine (if an engine can be called famous). It is the Porsche type 547 engine designed by Ernst Fuhrmann. It was an incredibly complicated roller-bearing-equipped 4-cam engine. These first 4-cam engines took a skilled man 120 hours to assemble a complete engine, and the timing alone could take 8-15 hours. This engine was used in 550 and 356 Carrera models. © Porsche
1955, Merano, Italy. 356 no.1 on Porsche gathering. Look how modified it is 7 years after its birth - gone are the rear bumper and eye-shaped rear lamps. New are the round-shaped lamps and engine cover grille. And the paintwork, of course. Later in its life, the car is restored back to its initial look.
1955, Merano, Italy. 356 no.1 on Porsche gathering. Look how modified it is 7 years after its birth – gone are the rear bumper and eye-shaped rear lamps. New are the round-shaped lamps and engine cover grille. And the paintwork, of course. Later in its life, the car is restored back to its initial look.© Porsche
1955. 550 Spyders in the Porsche yard in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.
1955. 550 Spyders in the Porsche yard in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. © Porsche
1955 Werk 2© Porsche
1955 Werk 2© Porsche

1956

By March 1956, 10,000 Porsches made.

10,000 Porsches made
10,000 Porsches made. © Porsche
1956 July 28, Le Mans 24H.
1956 July 28, Le Mans 24H. © Porsche
1956 September 3, VW plant in Wolfsburg. Ferry in a 1956 356A Cabriolet at the unveiling of a bust of his father on his 81st birthday anniversary.
1956 September 3, VW plant in Wolfsburg. Ferry in a 1956 356A Cabriolet at the unveiling of a bust of his father on his 81st birthday anniversary. © Porsche
1956. Ferry with his colleagues Karl Rabe and Erwin Komenda.
1956. Ferry with his colleagues Karl Rabe and Erwin Komenda. © Porsche

Rabe joined the Austrian “Daimler Motor Company” (Austro-Daimler) in Wiener Neustadt in 1913 at the time that Ferdinand Porsche was working there as technical director. When the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche company was formed in Stuttgart in 1931, Karl Rabe was made Head of Construction, a role that he performed until his retirement in 1965. Even after retirement, he remained a personal technical advisor to Ferry Porsche. As car-body constructor from 1931, Komenda played a substantial part in the construction of many ground-breaking Porsches, such as the Volkswagen (Porsche type 60), the Auto Union “P” racer (Porsche type 22) and the Porsche 356.

1958 356A 1600 GS Carrera Hardtop, Ferry and F.A.
1958 356A 1600 GS Carrera Hardtop, Ferry and F.A. © Porsche
1958. Ferry in New York with Porsche 356 and Porsche engineered Volkswagen.
1958. Ferry in New York with Porsche 356 and Porsche engineered Volkswagen. © Porsche
1959 The decision is taken to develop a new sports car, a successor to the 356.
1959 The decision is taken to develop a new sports car, a successor to the 356. © Porsche

1959

In 1959, the decision is taken to develop a new sports car, a successor to the 356.

ca1959. F.A. and Ferry at the Porsche design studio. The 356 model on the stand is not important. The full size model on the left is the quad-headlamp version of the 695. Type 695 was the code name for the first prototypes on the way of creating the future 911.
ca1959. F.A. and Ferry at the Porsche design studio. The 356 model on the stand is not important. The full size model on the left is the quad-headlamp version of the 695. Type 695 was the code name for the first prototypes on the way of creating the future 911. © Porsche

1960

1960 November 5-8 Tour de Corse. Herbert Linge and Paul-Ernst Strähle won the challenging Corsica rally in a 356 B Carrera 1600 GS/GT (1.6L 115 hp, 900 kg / 1984 lbs)

1960 November 5-8 Tour de Corse.
1960 November 5-8 Tour de Corse. © Porsche
ca 1960. Ferry behind his office desk and son Ferdinand Alexander standing.
ca 1960. Ferry behind his office desk and son Ferdinand Alexander standing. © Porsche
Ferry with Porsche 356 B T5 (produced 1960-1961)
Ferry with Porsche 356 B T5 (produced 1960-1961)© Porsche
1961. 356 B T5 production in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen
1961. 356 B T5 production in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. © Porsche
Nephew Ferdinand Piëch and Ferry discussing the new 6-cylinder engine.
Nephew Ferdinand Piëch and Ferry discussing the new 6-cylinder engine. © Porsche
Ferry and his son Ferdinand Alexander (the designer of 901/911) with the 901/911 prototype (note the twin exhaust pipes)
Ferry and his son Ferdinand Alexander (the designer of 901/911) with the 901/911 prototype (note the twin exhaust pipes). © Porsche

1963

1963 September 12, IAA Frankfurt. The Porsche 901 was shown to the public for the first time. The production started a year later and in November 1964, the 901 was renamed to 911.

Porsche 901/911 development team: Karl Ruoff, Richard Hetmann, Leopold Jäntschke, Erich Stotz, Robert Binder, Rudolf Hofmann, Hans Herzog, Hans Hönick, Xaver Reimspieß, Alfred Kühn, Theo Bauer, Heinrich Klie, Edgar Tengler, Walter Payerbach, Erwin Komenda, Wilhelm Albrecht, Gottlob Sturm, Gerhard Schröder, Karl Mozelt, Hans Mezger, Ernst Weyersberg, Kurt Knörzer, Karl Metzger, Hans Martens, Helmuth Bott, Adolf Schneider, Herbert Linge, Schilling, Eberhard Stortz, Helmut Rombold, Hans Tomala, Ferdinand Piëch, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, Ferry Porsche.
Porsche 901/911 development team: Karl Ruoff, Richard Hetmann, Leopold Jäntschke, Erich Stotz, Robert Binder, Rudolf Hofmann, Hans Herzog, Hans Hönick, Xaver Reimspieß, Alfred Kühn, Theo Bauer, Heinrich Klie, Edgar Tengler, Walter Payerbach, Erwin Komenda, Wilhelm Albrecht, Gottlob Sturm, Gerhard Schröder, Karl Mozelt, Hans Mezger, Ernst Weyersberg, Kurt Knörzer, Karl Metzger, Hans Martens, Helmuth Bott, Adolf Schneider, Herbert Linge, Schilling, Eberhard Stortz, Helmut Rombold, Hans Tomala, Ferdinand Piëch, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, Ferry Porsche. © Porsche
1964 Monte Carlo Rally. Porsche 356 C Carrera 2.
1964 Monte Carlo Rally. Porsche 356 C Carrera 2. © Porsche

1965

In 1965, production of the Porsche 356 ceased with about 78,000 units made. Never before in the history of motoring had a sports car achieved sales success of this kind. Ferry received Honorary Doctorate title from the Technical University of Vienna.

1966 December 21, Porsche celebrated the 100,000th Porsche built.
1966 December 21, Porsche celebrated the 100,000th Porsche built. © Porsche

1966

1966 December 21, Porsche celebrated the 100,000th Porsche built. The 100,000th Porsche, was a 912 Targa outfitted for the police.

1968. Ferry with a car designed by his son.
1968. Ferry with a car designed by his son. © Porsche
1968 Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Ferry leaning on a 908/01 K Coupé.
1968 Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Ferry leaning on a 908/01 K Coupé. © Porsche

1969

In 1969, the Type 914 is introduced, sold in Europe as VW-Porsche 914 and in USA as Porsche 914. 914/4 had 4-cylinder VW engine and the car was produced at the Karmann plant in Osnabrück, 914/6 had a 911 6-cylinder engine and assembly was done in Stuttgart.

Porsche 914/4
Porsche 914/4. © Porsche

1969

In April 1969 the “VW-Porsche Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH” (VW-Porsche Marketing Company Ltd) was founded by the two firms and had its head office in Ludwigsburg. Both parties had a 50% share in the marketing company. Sales operations for the types 914-4, 914-6 and 911 were carried out by the marketing company through the head office in Ludwigsburg. Key positions in the marketing company were held on an equal authority basis by Otto-Erich Filius of Porsche and Klaus Schneider of VW.

VW-Porsche Marketing Company Ltd
VW-Porsche Marketing Company Ltd © Porsche
1969 May 4, Targa Florio. Umberto Maglioli, Dick Attwood, Brian Redman, Ferry Porsche, Hans Herrmann, Udo Schütz, Rolf Stommelen (with glasses), Vic Elford, Rudi Lins and Gérard Larrousse. Gerhard Mitter is at the wheel of the Porsche 908/02K Spyder. The 1969 Targa Florio marked one of Porsche's greatest successes in motor racing. 1st place went to Mitter/Schütz; 2nd to Elford/Maglioli; 3rd to Herrmann/Stommelen; and 4th to Karl von Wendt and Willi Kauhsen. All were in Porsche 908/02K Spyders.
1969 May 4, Targa Florio. Umberto Maglioli, Dick Attwood, Brian Redman, Ferry Porsche, Hans Herrmann, Udo Schütz, Rolf Stommelen (with glasses), Vic Elford, Rudi Lins and Gérard Larrousse. Gerhard Mitter is at the wheel of the Porsche 908/02K Spyder. The 1969 Targa Florio marked one of Porsche’s greatest successes in motor racing. 1st place went to Mitter/Schütz; 2nd to Elford/Maglioli; 3rd to Herrmann/Stommelen; and 4th to Karl von Wendt and Willi Kauhsen. All were in Porsche 908/02K Spyders. © Porsche
Ferry's 60th birthday present
Ferry’s 60th birthday present. © Porsche

On September 19, 1969, Ferry’s 60th birthday present is a 914 with 3-litre 8-cylinder engine from a 908 racing car. Two 8-cylinder 914 prototypes were made, one for Ferry and the other as an experiment of 914 project leader and Porsche’s head of development Ferdinand Piëch (can be seen on the photo with paper file in his hand).

1972

In 1972, Porsche KG (Kommanditgesellschaft = limited partnership) is transformed into AG (Aktiengesellschaft = public limited company). This was done probably because Ferry and his sister Louise Piëch felt their offsprings did not team up well. Ferry Porsches offsprings probably were sure the company leader must bear “Porsche’s” name, despite Louise Piëch’s son Ferdinand Karl Piëch being an extraordinary engineer and the best candidate for the steering wheel of Porsche car company. This led to the foundation of an Executive Board whose members came from outside the Porsche family, and a Supervisory Board consisting mostly of family members.

1974 May 10, Porsche is celebrating 25 years of sports car production. Fahren in seiner schönsten Form = Driving experience at its best form.
1974 May 10, Porsche is celebrating 25 years of sports car production. Fahren in seiner schönsten Form = Driving experience at its best form. © Porsche

1975

In 1975, Ferry was awarded with the Grand Gold Medal (Großen Goldenen Ehrenzeichen) for the services to the Republic of Austria.

1976

In 1976, as Porsche was converted into a public company in 1972 and the family members stepped down from their positions, Ferry Porsche also retires from direct leadership and continues as the Head of Supervisory Board. From 6.11.1976 Porsche is directed by Professor Ernst Fuhrmann.

1979

In 1979, Ferry was awarded with the highest possible decoration for the service – the Great Federal Cross of Merit with star (Großen Bundesverdienstkreuz mit Stern) of the Federal Republic of Germany. Also received the Wilhelm Exner Medal for excellence in research and science (his father was awarded with the same medal in 1936 and his nephew Ferdinand Piëch in 2002).

1979 September 19. Ferry Porsche with his wife Dorothea and their sons Gerhard, Hans-Peter, Ferdinand Alexander and Wolfgang on Ferry's 70th birthday in the garden of the Porsche family villa at Feuerbacher Weg 48, Stuttgart.
1979 September 19. Ferry Porsche with his wife Dorothea and their sons Gerhard, Hans-Peter, Ferdinand Alexander and Wolfgang on Ferry’s 70th birthday in the garden of the Porsche family villa at Feuerbacher Weg 48, Stuttgart. © Porsche
Ferry Porsche's 70th birthday present, the Porsche 928 S
Ferry Porsche’s 70th birthday present, the Porsche 928 S. © Porsche

On September 19, 1979, Ferry Porsche’s 70th birthday and the 928 S just released to the markets (the 928 probably was a present from the factory – and if so, it must have had some special modifications for Ferry)

1981

1981 January 1, Ferry names new CEO: Peter W. Schutz. The same year Ferry is awarded honorary citizenship of town Zell am See.

1984 Ferry Porsche in his office at Werk 1.
1984 Ferry Porsche in his office at Werk 1. © Porsche

1984

1984 The federal state of Baden-Württemberg bestowed on him the title of Honorary Professor.

As an entrepreneurial individual, he also had a social conscience and an understanding for the concerns of his employees that was personified in many ways. For example, in 1956, by the introduction of company pensions and the creation of the Ferdinand Porsche Foundation; in 1960, by continuing to pay wages during times of illness, even where no statutory requirement existed to do so; and, in 1961, by paying a full month’s wages as a Christmas bonus.© Porsche

On September 19, 1984, Ferry’s 75th birthday present is a special modification of the Porsche 928 S (sometimes referred to as 928-4 or 942) with extended wheelbase, higher roofline and 4 fullsize seats. It might have been CEO Peter Schutz’s idea to push Ferry in the direction of expanding the Porsche product portfolio with products meant for people not so enthusiastic about pure sports cars. Ferry didn’t like the fullsize 4-seater idea as he thought Porsche must be sporty and must look beautiful.

1984 September 19, Ferry's 75th birthday.
1984 September 19, Ferry’s 75th birthday. © Porsche

1985

In 1985, Ferry’s wife Dorothea Porsche dies (born 1911).

1988

In 1988, Ferry names new CEO: Heinz Branitzki

1989

In 1989, Ferry received the “Citizen’s Medal” of Stuttgart.

Ferry in a 1989 911 Speedster
Ferry in a 1989 911 Speedster. © Porsche

Ferry Porsche reached 80 years on September 19, 1989 and his birthday present, the Panamericana, was at the IAA Frankfurt at the same time.

On this photo Ferry is accompanied by his sons, from left to right: Hans-Peter, Gerhard Anton, Ferdinand Alexander and Wolfgang.
Ferry 80th birthday. He is accompanied by his sons, from left to right: Hans-Peter, Gerhard Anton, Ferdinand Alexander and Wolfgang. © Porsche
The Panamericana show car was shown at the IAA Frankfurt from September 12 to 24, 1989
The Panamericana show car was shown at the IAA Frankfurt from September 12 to 24, 1989. © Porsche
Ferry in a 356 no.1
Ferry in a 356 no.1. © Porsche

1990

In 1990, Ferry resigned as Chairman of the Supervisory Board and was named Honorary Chairman. Arno Bohn takes CEO’s position over from Heinz Branitzki.

1991

In 1991 Ferry stopped the Porsche 4-door car project, known as the type 989.

989 concept car
989 concept car. © Porsche
The brand new Porsche 968 at the Stuttgart factory in August 1991
The brand new Porsche 968 at the Stuttgart factory in August 1991. © Porsche
In 1993, Ferry Porsche with his eldest son Ferdinand Alexander with 1964 & 1993 911's. F.A. Porsche had taken over the management of Porsche's design studio in 1961 and played a fundamental role in designing the Porsche 911 - easily the best sports car of the 20th century.
In 1993, Ferry Porsche with his eldest son Ferdinand Alexander with 1964 & 1993 911’s. F.A. Porsche had taken over the management of Porsche’s design studio in 1961 and played a fundamental role in designing the Porsche 911 – easily the best sports car of the 20th century. © Porsche

1994

In 1994, Ferry received honorary citizenship of his birth-town, Wiener Neustadt.

1994 September 19. Ferry on his 85th birthday
1994 September 19. Ferry on his 85th birthday.© Porsche
1994 September 19. Ferry on his 85th birthday in a 1948 Porsche 356 no.1 which he had created.
1994 September 19. Ferry on his 85th birthday in a 1948 Porsche 356 no.1 which he had created. © Porsche
1994. Ferry with his sister Louise Piëch (mother of famous engineer Ferdinand Karl Piëch).
1994. Ferry with his sister Louise Piëch (mother of famous engineer Ferdinand Karl Piëch). © Porsche
CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and Erwin Teufel, Head of Baden-Württemberg congratulating Ferry Porsche, the man thanks to whom 1.000.000 Porsches were created.
CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and Erwin Teufel, Head of Baden-Württemberg congratulating Ferry Porsche, the man thanks to whom 1.000.000 Porsches were created. © Porsche

1996

1996 July 15, the Millionth Porsche produced was given to police of Stuttgart. As seen from the photo, for some odd reason this car was a US-model. There was at least one euro-spec car given to police. Maybe the US-version was made only for the photoshoot. The funny thing was that the “police version” was equipped with Tiptronic gearbox, so if you bought a proper Carrera (= with manual gearbox), police couldn’t catch you. The police 993 later involved in a big accident and the wreck was given back to Porsche. It was restored by Porsche Classic in 2006 and is part of the Porsche Museum collection.

the Millionth Porsche
The Millionth Porsche. © Porsche
1996. Ferry is happily looking into the coolest Porsche ever made - the 911 993 GT1 street-version. 1996 was the year that marked the Porsche's pinnacle in design.
1996. Ferry is happily looking into the coolest Porsche ever made – the 911 993 GT1 street-version. 1996 was the year that marked the Porsche’s pinnacle in design. © Porsche

1998

On March 27 1998, Ferry Porsche died in Zell am See, Austria, and was buried beside his parents and his wife Dorothea in the “Schüttgut” chapel on the family estate. Porsche enthusiasts still have his words recurring in their heads: “The last car ever made will be a sports car”. After the true sportscar enthusiast had passed away, CEO Wendelin Wiedeking halted the Le Mans racing programme (despite the new 5.5V10 engine already being designed) and started the 4-door 2.2-ton SUV programme.

Porsche engineer and race director Peter Falk has said: “Ferry Porsche was always passionate about motor racing and was at Le Mans numerous times himself. In 1982, for instance, he was there when we swept the podium with the new 956, and he always supported us, even when money was at stake. He said, Porsche needs motor racing, Porsche grew up with motor racing, so keep it up.”