Home / Auto News / News article: Designer of the Porsche 911, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche Passes Away at 76 - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Apr 05 2012, 1:43 PM

The designer of the famed Porsche 911 model has sadly passed away today at the age of 76. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was the oldest son of Ferry Porsche and the news comes as the German automaker debuts its Boxster and Cayenne Diesel at the New York Auto Show.

“We mourn the death of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. As creator of the Porsche 911 he founded a design company in our culture that shapes our sports cars today. His philosophy of good design is for us a legacy that we will continue to do with honor,” Porsche said.

Born on December 11th, 1935, Ferdinand was nicknamed “Butzi” by his family and his passion for design started at a very young age. He started working at Porsche in 1958 and became the head of Porsche’s design department in 1962. One year later, he designed the replacement for the iconic 356 sports car that his father had designed over a decade earlier.

It was originally named the 901, but the German automaker had to change it last minute since Peugeot had trademarked every three-digit number name with a 0 in the middle. The 911 launched in 1964 and is now in its seventh generation. It quickly became the staple Porsche model. It is also highly regarded as one of the most influential sports cars of all time and is clearly respected among all automotive enthusiasts.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was also responsible for designing the Type 804, a Formula 1 car, and the 904 Carrera GTS. In 1972 he left Porsche and founded Porsche Design, the luxury brand that sells lifestyle accessories such as luggage, timepieces, glasses, pens, and more.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and three sons.