Preview days for the 2012 New York Auto Show have ended on a bittersweet note for the attending journalists and reporters. Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who penned the famed Porsche 911, passed away on Thursday, April 05, 2012.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, or F.A. Porsche, was born on December 11, 1935, and is the grandson the legendary Ferdinand Porsche who helped found the famous sports car brand. Alexander spent much of his childhood at the Porsche development and engineering offices and, after finishing his schooling at the Ulm School of Design, he joined the Porsche engineering department. Later, he joined the Porsche Design Studio. In 1963, the Porsche 911 made its debut at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show where it was a smashing success. Porsche began the production model the following year, making the Porsche 911 one of the longest continuous vehicles still in production today. Other famous works designed by F.A. Porsche include the Type 804 Formula One and the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS.
F.A. Porsche started his own design studio called, aptly, the “Porsche Design Studio”, in 1972. There, he expanded the Porsche brand name to other products like watches, pens, and even clothing. The studio has even designed a kitchen. Even so, Porsche was never far away from the car company that made him and his family famous. He was a partner and member of the Porsche Supervisory Board and its president between 1990 through 1993. In 2005, F.A. Porsche stepped down from the board and was bestowed the title of Honorary President of the Supervisory Board until his death.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche will be buried at the family grave in Schuttgut in Zell am See, Germany.