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The story of the Porsche family is a story of passion: that of Ferdinand Porsche, a brilliant engineer who invented the first electric vehicle for the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900, and of his only son, Ferry Porsche who, as well as being a talented engineer, also took great pleasure in testing the cars until his father stopped him, stating “ I have enough drivers, but only one son” Le Porsche brand is synonymous throughout the world with speed and seduction and symbolises, for most, the ultimate sports car.
Ferry Porsches’ son, Ferdinand Alexander (nicknamed “Butzi”), made cars out of play dough as a child but left his own mark in the Porsche story through the 911. Behind his pencil drawings that gave life to the 911, Butzi conceived a model that would widen the attraction of the Porsche brand. It offered a model much easier to drive than the 356 and a smoother road holding. The 911 quickly appealed to the celebrities already fan of the German manufacturer such as Steve McQueen and Herbert Von Karajan. The Porsche 911 and 912 heralded competition victories for models such as the Porsche 917, the first Porsche to win the 24hrs du Mans, thus fulfilling one of Ferry Porsches greatest wishes.
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