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Manufacturer of sports cars and a sports SUV started in 1939 and based in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Model names used by Porsche throughout its history include:  #1, 356, 356SL, 356 Speedster, 356B, 356C, 550, 908/2, 908/3, 911, 911 Carrera, 911 GT1, 911 Targa, 914, 917, 917K, 917LH, 918 Spyder, 919, 924, 928, 930, 935, 936, 944, 956, 959, 960, 962, Boxster, Carrera GT, Cayenne, Cayman, Macan, Panamera, Type 542, and WSC-95.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Porsche page on 21 November 2015, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, usually shortened to Porsche AG, is a German automobile manufacturer specializing in high-performance sports cars, SUVs and sedans. Porsche AG is headquartered in Stuttgart, and is owned by Volkswagen AG, which is itself majority-owned by Porsche Automobil Holding SE. Porsche's current lineup includes the 911, Boxster, Cayman, Panamera, Cayenne, Macan, and the 918.

History: Origin

Austrian engineer Ferdinand Porsche founded the company called "Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH" in Austria in 1931, then moved to its main offices at Kronenstraße 24 in the centre of Stuttgart. Initially, the company offered motor vehicle development work and consulting, but did not build any cars under its own name. One of the first assignments the new company received was from the German government to design a car for the people, that is a "Volkswagen". This resulted in the Volkswagen Beetle, one of the most successful car designs of all time. The Porsche 64 was developed in 1939 using many components from the Beetle.

During World War II, Volkswagen production turned to the military version of the Volkswagen Beetle, the Kübelwagen, 52,000 produced, and Schwimmwagen, 15,584 produced. Porsche produced several designs for heavy tanks during the war, losing out to Henschel & Son in both contracts that ultimately led to the Tiger I and the Tiger II. However, not all this work was wasted, as the chassis Porsche designed for the Tiger I was used as the base for the Elefant tank destroyer. Porsche also developed the Maus super-heavy tank in the closing stages of the war, producing two prototypes.

At the end of World War II in 1945, the Volkswagen factory at KdF-Stadt fell to the British. Ferdinand lost his position as Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen, and Ivan Hirst, a British Army Major, was put in charge of the factory (in Wolfsburg, the Volkswagen company magazine dubbed him "The British Major who saved Volkswagen"). On 15 December of that year, Ferdinand was arrested for war crimes, but not tried. During his 20-month imprisonment, Ferdinand Porsche's son, Ferry Porsche, decided to build his own car, because he could not find an existing one that he wanted to buy. He also had to steer the company through some of its most difficult days until his father's release in August 1947. The first models of what was to become the 356 were built in a small sawmill in Gmünd, Austria. The prototype car was shown to German auto dealers, and when pre-orders reached a set threshold, production (with Aluminium body) was begun by Porsche Konstruktionen GesmbH founded by Ferry and Louise. Many regard the 356 as the first Porsche simply because it was the first model sold by the fledgling company along with Porsche 360. After the production of 356 was taken over by the father's Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche GmbH in Stuttgart in 1950, Porsche commissioned a Zuffenhausen-based company, Reutter Karosserie, which had previously collaborated with the firm on Volkswagen Beetle prototypes, to produce the 356's steel body. In 1952, Porsche constructed an assembly plant (Werk 2) across the street from Reutter Karosserie; the main road in front of Werk 1, the oldest Porsche building, is now known as Porschestrasse. The 356 was road certified in 1948.

Porsche's company logo was based on the coat of arms of the Free People's State of Württemberg of former Weimar Germany, which had Stuttgart as its capital (the same arms were used by Württemberg-Hohenzollern from 1945-1952, while Stuttgart during these years was the capital of adjacent Württemberg-Baden). The arms of Stuttgart was placed in the middle as an inescutcheon, since the cars were made in Stuttgart. The heraldic symbols were combined with the texts "Porsche" and "Stuttgart", which shows that it is not a coat of arms since heraldic achievements never spell out the name of the armiger nor the armigers home town in the shield.

Württemberg-Baden and Württemberg-Hohenzollern became part of the present land of Baden-Württemberg in 1952 after the political consolidation of West Germany in 1949, and the old design of the arms of Württemberg now only lives on in the Porsche logo. On 30 January 1951, not long before the creation of Baden-Württemberg, Ferdinand Porsche died from complications following a stroke.


1900  Lohner-Porsche electric car built
1948  First Porsche sports car built, the #1
1951  Porsche's first victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1953  550 debuts
1955  Porsche logo designed
1961  911 body designed
1966  911 Targa debuts
1969  914 debuts
1981  AWD 911 concept debuts at Frankfurt Auto Show
1996  Boxster debuts
2002  Cayenne debuts


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Article Index

14 Feburary 2006The Porsche® tradition of quality PerformanceChris Casarez
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20 November 2006Jüttner fordert Rückzug Wulffs aus dem VW-AufsichtsratWikinews
24 March 2007Porsche will seine Anteile bei VW auf über 30 Prozent aufstockenWikinews
8 May 2007VW Investors Turn Down Porsche's Low-Ball OfferAnthony Fontanelle
12 May 2007VW-Führungsgremien empfehlen den Aktionären die Ablehnung des Porsche-ÜbernahmeangebotsWikinews
24 October 2007Фольксваген может перейти под контроль ПоршеВикиновости
14 March 2008Porsche kämpft mit dem Land Niedersachsen um Einfluss bei VWWikinews
7 May 2009Porsche and Volkswagen automakers agree to mergerWikinews
19 May 2009Porsche Trip to Beetle Land, TheRonnie Tanner
19 June 2009Porsche automaker's global sales drop 28%Wikinews
24 July 2009Porsche-Übernahme durch die Volkswagen AG perfekt – Wiedeking tritt zurückWikinews
27 July 2009VW plant milliardenschwere Kapitalerhöhung zur Finanzierung der Porsche-ÜbernahmeWikinews
27 July 2009Wiedeking und Porsche gehen getrennte WegeWikinews
30 August 2009Porsche - The beginningJorge Reis
12 March 2011Why Have A Proper Porshe ServiceAndy Jones
5 July 2012German Carmaker Volkswagen Set To Takeover PorscheVOA Breaking News
5 July 2012VW buys Porsche for £3.6bnMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
6 July 2012Volkswagen покупает PorscheВикиновости
9 November 2012New compact sports car from Porsche?Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
28 December 2012Classic Porsche cutaway drawingsMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
4 April 2013Mark Webber to race for Porsche at Le Mans in 2014?Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
10 April 2013Porsche looking at 4-cylinder engines and a new entry level sportscarMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
13 April 2013Gypsy camp springs up next door to Porsche GB HeadquartersMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
14 April 2013Mark Webber to race at Le Mans with Porsche on 5 year contract? The latest newsMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
8 May 2013Porsches to race in Martini colours againMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
12 June 2013A day at the Porsche Experience Centre, SilverstoneMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
12 June 2013This is the 2014 Porsche LMP1 prototype race carMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
27 June 2013Mark Webber to drive for Porsche in LMP1 from 2014 and beyondMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
2 July 2013Porsche flat-6 engine 50 year history mega-galleryMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
30 July 2013200 classic barn-find Porsches to be auctionedMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
28 August 2013200 Porsche barn find collection - 90% sold at the first auctionMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
9 October 2013Porsche Expect To Profit From New ModelsGeoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
11 October 2013Porsche sales continue to rise and the Cayenne continues to outsell all other modelsMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
31 October 2013Porsche profit, revenue and delivery figures for 2013Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
10 November 2013Porsche To Showcase New Models - At Two ShowsGeoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
28 November 2013New Porsche 928? No. Sometimes The Press gets It WrongMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
19 December 2013A Mega Day With Porsche - Photos And VideosMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
28 December 2013A Plethora Of Porsches - Quite An Experience 2Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
11 March 2014Geneva Motor Show - Porsche 919, 911 Targa And MacanMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
30 August 2014Nissan (& Mitsubishi) vs. PorscheBill Crittenden
1 December 2014I May End Up Owning Three Old Porsches After A Drunk eBay SessionMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey

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