Porsche Celebrates 70 Years of Legendary Sports Cars

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Atlanta, Georgia, Jan 29 2018 -  Seventy years ago, the first Porsche sports car was born, creating a brand synonymous with superb engineering, timeless design, and automotive performance at the very highest level. The first vehicle to bear the Porsche name was registered on June 8, 1948: It was the 356 “No.1” Roadster. The Type 356 turned the sports car dream of Ferry Porsche into a reality. “His vision at that time embodied all of the values that still define the brand to this day,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.

1951 Porsche 356 1500 Coupe by Reutter

1951 Porsche 356 1500 Coupe by Reutter sold $1,017,500 at RM Sotheby's

“Tradition is a commitment. Without our tradition and without our core values, we would not be where we are today,” explained Blume. “We plan to uphold the standard of technical excellence set by Ferry Porsche well into the future. Intelligent dynamic mobility has a great future ahead of it. And we have the solid technological expertise, creative employees, and unique team spirit to be involved. We have what it takes to ensure that the Porsche brand continues to fascinate – even in another 70 years.”

1997 Porsche 911 GT1 at Petersen Automotive Museum 2017

1997 Porsche 911 GT1 at Petersen Automotive Museum 2017

Porsche is celebrating this year’s anniversary with numerous activities around the world. In the United States, the exhibition “The Porsche Effect” will open February 3 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. On June 9, Porsche will be inviting sports car fans to its “Sports Car Together Day” at many of its sites around the world, including the Porsche Experience Centers in Atlanta and Los Angeles. The Rennsport Reunion VI vintage races and fan event in California from September 27–30 will also celebrate the anniversary.

1960 Porsche 356B Roadster at Porsche Club of America Werks Reunion 2017

1960 Porsche 356B Roadster at Porsche Club of America Werks Reunion 2017

The history of the Porsche brand begins in 1948. Yet the foundation of the sports car manufacturer is built upon the life’s work of his father, Professor Ferdinand Porsche – work which his son Ferry then continued. Ferdinand Porsche had already designed pioneering innovations for the automotive industry as early as the start of the last century. In 1900, he built an electric car with a wheel hub drive known as the Lohner-Porsche, a vehicle on which he would then base the world’s first all-wheel-drive passenger car. In the same year, he created a template for hybrid vehicles with the development of a mixed petrol-electric powertrain. In 1931, Ferdinand Porsche founded his own engineering office. The “Berlin-Rome Car” showcased in 1939 was the beginning of his idea for a sports car bearing the Porsche name, although this dream was only realized by his son Ferry in 1948 with the Type 356.

1970 Porsche 911 T

1970 Porsche 911 T at Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show 2015

The successor model to the 356, the truly iconic Porsche 911 designed by the son of Ferry Porsche, Ferdinand Alexander, finally gave the company its breakthrough as one of the leading manufacturers of sports cars in the world, both from a technical and a design perspective. The Porsche 911, presented to the global public for the first time in 1963, has now been built over a million times. “Although the 911 has been consistently developed in the intervening decades and enhanced many times over with new, innovative technologies, no other vehicle has managed to retain its original essence in the same way as the 911,” says Blume. “All Porsche models to be developed now and in the future are based on this sports car. As the centrepiece of the brand, the 911 has become the sports car of dreams, winning the collective heart of enthusiasts all over the world.”

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Porsche at LA Auto Show 2017

The future of Porsche sports cars is already coming up to the starting line in the form of the Mission E, its first purely electrically driven technology champion. This concept vehicle combines the distinctive emotional design of a Porsche, exceptional driving performance, and forward-thinking everyday functionality. The four-door model with four individual seats delivers a system performance of over 440 kW (600 hp) and a range of more than 310 miles, acceleration from 0 to 60 in under 3.5 seconds and a charging time of 15 minutes for 80 percent of the battery, using 800-volt fast-charging technology. Porsche has invested around one billion euros in this futuristic project, creating more than 1,200 additional jobs just at Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, where the Mission E will be built. “Porsche will always be Porsche – the leading brand for exclusive, sporty mobility,” reinforces Blume.

1996 Porsche 993 CSS RWB Rauh-Welt Begriff

1996 Porsche 993 CSS RWB/RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF at Galpin Hall of Customs

About Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Established in 1984, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche 911, 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman sports cars; Macan and Cayenne SUVs; and Panamera sports sedans. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia since 1998, PCNA is also home to the first Porsche Experience Center in North America featuring a module-based 1.6 mile driver development track, business center, and fine dining restaurant, 356. The company operates a second Porsche Experience Center near Los Angeles. That 53-acre complex features a driver development track with eight educational modules totalling 4.1 miles, a business center, and Restaurant 917. PCNA employs over 300 people who provide parts, service, marketing, and training for 189 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the Porsche brand's nearly 70-year history of leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety, and efficiency. PCNA is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Source: Porsche Cars North America

Photos: Randy Berg

 

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