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Ferry Porsche

AKA Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche

Born: 19-Sep-1909
Birthplace: Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Died: 27-Mar-1998
Location of death: Zell am See, Austria
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Schüttgut Chapel, Zell am See, Austria

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Engineer, Business

Nationality: Austria
Executive summary: Designed the Porsche 356

Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche, generally called "Ferry", was the son of Porsche AG founder Ferdinand Porsche, and joined his father's firm as soon as it was founded, in 1931. He attended college courses on physics and engineering, but like his father never obtained a degree. He assisted in the design of the original Volkswagen, and oversaw the prototypes' test drives. Both father and son were imprisoned by allies for their work on Hitler's war machinery, but the younger Porsche was released after only a few months. He took control of the business during the challenging post-war economy, when what had been an engineering and design firm subsisted largely as an auto repair shop. While his father was still imprisoned, Ferry Porsche designed what became the Porsche 356, the first vehicle mass-produced by the family business, with a sleek, sporty exterior over an engine based on his father's Volkswagen prototypes that became the quintessential sports car of the 1950s and early '60s.

Though Volkswagens were eventually manufactured by an independent company, Ferry Porsche entered into an arrangement with Volkswagen that provided Porsche AG with a percentage of the profit from Volkswagen sales, with Porsches distributed through Volkswagen dealerships. This provided Porsche AG with stable finances that allowed the company to flourish, and during his time at the helm of Porsche AG, the Porsche nameplate was a dominant force in auto racing, with numerous Le Mans and Formula One victories. Ferry Porsche's son, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, was principal designer for Porsche's landmark 911 model. His nephew, Ferdinand Piëch, was a long-time executive at Volkswagen Group.

Father: Ferdinand Porsche (founder of Porsche AG, b. 3-Sep-1975, d. 30-Jan-1951)
Mother: Aloisia Johanna Kaes Porsche (m. 1903)
Sister: Louisa Porsche Piëch (b. 29-Aug-1904, d. 10-Feb-1999)
Wife: Dorothea Porsche
Son: Ferdinand Alexander Porsche ("Butzi", Porsche executive, b. 1935)
Son: Gerhard Porsche (b. 1938)
Son: Hans-Peter Porsche (Porsche executive, b. 1940)
Son: Wolfgang Porsche (Porsche executive, b. 1944)

    Porsche AG Chairman of the Board (1966-80)
    Porsche AG President (1951-66)
    Porsche AG General Manager (1938-51)
    Porsche AG Engineer (1931-38)
    Great Federal Cross of Merit with Star 1979 (Federal Republic of Germany)
    Great Golden Badge of Honor 1975 (Republic of Austria)
    German Ancestry

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