Porsche legend dies aged 76
THE car world is in mourning after the death of the man behind arguably the most successful sports car ever.
Professor Ferdinand Porsche, above, son of Ferry Porsche, was the guiding genius in the development of what became the 911. Its classic rear engined shape is longer lived than any other sports car in continuous production, and today is the seventh generation of the design. Although the current car is very different to the original launched in 1963, its shape is probably the most recognisable of any.
In his career he designed racing cars as well as men's fashion accessories, but underlying them all was his belief that "Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics, without gimmicks that have to be explained"
Professor Porsche died age 76.