If you ever want to be an engineer, aspire to be Ferdinand Porsche Sr. His journey began in the beginning of the 20th century when he built the first documented petrol series hybrid car in 1901. And then came a series of inventions, designs and machines that changed the world. After building the ever-green Mercedes-Benz SSKs and the Silver Arrows for Audi, Ferry Porsche built the world’s most famous car, the Beetle, for Volkswagen.
But then, post WWII, Porsche Sr. was jailed for war-crimes and the business was suffering. It was during these trying times, 1948 to be precise, that Ferdinand Porsche Jr, took a leap of faith and built the first car that was to be named a Porsche. This was the Porsche 356, built on the basis of Ferdinand Sr.’s designs and the car that started the Porsche journey.
In 1964, Ferry Porsche’s son, Ferdinand Alexander designed the 911 and the rest is history. One of the most celebrated sportscars across the globe, the Porsche 911 will celebrate its 55th anniversary next year. And then there are stars like the Porsche 550 Spyder driven by James Dean, the 916 race-car which dominated Le Mans, the 959 prototype that could have been the Group B slayer in WRC.
The list of Porsche stars is endless and if you want to see all of them together, make sure you head to Berlin from 20 - 31 March, along with another event at the Porsche Museum on 9 June.