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1897 The design of an electric motor for wheel hubs by Ferdinand Porsche lays the foundation for numerous other inventions.

1900 Lohner-Porsche electric car

1907 Ferdinand Porsche is a pioneer in the field of aviation engines. At Austro-Daimler he designs engines for airships and "aeroplanes."

1917 Ferdinand Porsche becomes Director of Austro-Daimler and designs a large, six-cylinder car.

1923 As Technical Director at Daimler in Stuttgart, Ferdinand Porsche develops the legendary/supercharged MercedesBenz SS and SSK sports cars, among others.

1931 First contract for the newlyfounded design offices of the Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH in Stuttgart was a six-cylinder car for Wanderer in Chemnitz (Porsche Type 7).

1931 Wanderer 6 Chemnitz, Porsche Type 7

1936 Auto-Union-GP race car, Porsche Type 22

1936 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.

1939 The 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.


1950


356
Porsche 356 convertible  (1950)

1948 The Roadster, Type 356 No. 1, was built in Gmund under the direction of Ferdinand Porsche Jr. - the first automobile to carry the Porsche name. Ferdinand Porsche Sr. dies during 1951.

1951 Porsche goes to the start at the 24 hour race in Le Mans for the first time. A Porsche 356 Coupe wins its class.

1958 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.


1960


718
Porsche 718 rs 60, rs 61  (1960)

1961 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.

1963 The Porsche 911, then called the Type 901, made its debut at the International Automobile Salon in Frankfurt. It proved to be a design of exceptional development potential.

1964 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.

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Porsche 356 carrera abarth concept (1960)

1968 Porsche wins the Targa Florio, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Rallye Monte Carlo.

1969 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 first time.


1970


911
Porsche 911  concept (1970)

1970 Porsche 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 Monte Carlo.

1972 The Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche KG is turned into a stock company. Weissach Development Center is ready for business.

1973 Epochal development of racing engines with exhaust turbocharging begins at Porsche. Highlight: the 917/30 CanAm Spyder. The Porsche "Longlife Car" study causes a sensation .

Tapiro
Porsche Tapiro  concept (1970)

1976 Porsche 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.

1978 The new Type 928 becomes the first sports car chosen "Car of the Year."


1980


Interscope
Porsche Interscope  concept (1980)

1981 The Type 944 extends the Porsche model range in the year of the firm's 50th anniversary. A 936 Spyder wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

1982 The 911's offered for the first time as a Cabriolet too. The great career of a new Porsche design, the Type 956/962 C race sports car, begins.

1983 Porsche 956-victory in Spa

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Porsche 928 break concept (1980)

1983 The "Group B" technology study first shown at the IAA in Frankfurt, leads to the Type 959, built in a small series.

1986 Three 959s with electronically controlled all-wheel drive, entered by Porsche in the Rallye Paris - Dakar, finished in places 1, 2 and 6. Three World Championships in a row are captured by the TAG-Porsche engine in the Formula 1 Mc-Laren single-seater.

1989 Ferdinand (Ferry) Porsche, founder of the Porsche automobile marque, celebrated his 80th birthday. Porsche set new standards for automatic transmissions with its Tiptronic gearbox in the "classic" 911 Carrera 2.

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Porsche 924 Carrera GTP concept (1980)

1991 A new Porsche sports car bears the model designation 968. Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche had been entered in the Stuttgart trade register just 60 years earlier. And there was another anniversary: Porsche's triumphant Le Mans history started 40 years before.



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