Ferdinand Alexander Porsche is a name to be reckoned with. Now 75, on December 11th 2010, he is the grandson of the original founder of the Porsche Dynasty.
In his last working days he headed the Porsche Design privately-owned company as well as remaining honorary chairman of the supervisory board of Porsche AG – the company that manufactures Porsche cars. He is also the owner of the respected luxury watchmaker, Eterna.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche trained at the College of Design in Ulm, and joined the Porsche design department in 1958. He is the eldest son of Ferry Porsche and grandson of Ferdinand Porsche.
He had spent time in the company workshops from an early age, and he took on the management of the Porsche Design Studio in 1962.
It was the younger Porsche that took his dad’s wishes to develop a successor to the 356 to come up with the 911. It has since been regarded as one of the most successful sports cars throughout the 20th and 21st century.
Ferdinand also came up with the design of the Porsche Carrera GTS. The car went on to be highly successful at Sebring, Le Mans, Nurburgring and the famous Targa Florio races of the 1960s, sporting a robust four-cylinder engine.
He also founded the Porsche Design Studio in 1972, and pursued an independent career as a product designer.