Porsche Celebrates 70 Years
Porsche officially turned 70 on June 8th, 2018, marking a huge milestone for one of most iconic names in the automotive world.
Founder Ferdinand Porsche also designed the beloved Volkswagen Beetle, and the first Porsche actually used many of its components. The Porsche 64, also known as the Type 64, was designed in 1939, and used a flat four-cylinder engine making 40 horsepower. The engine was mated to a wind tunnel-tested body on top of a heavily reinforced frame, and was a race-only vehicle. Only three were ever produced.
After nearly ten years, the first Porsche automobile designed for the public rolled off the line at the manufacturing plant in Germany. That car was the Porsche Type 356, and it was the spiritual predecessor to the 911 enthusiasts around the globe have come to love. Five decades later, a panel of 132 automotive journalists would name Ferdinand Porsche the Car Engineer of the Century.
70 Years of Porsche Sports Car Exhibit
In March of 2018, Porsche began hosting the “70 years of the Porsche sports car” exhibition in Berlin, Germany. The exhibit was divided into ten distinct topics, each offering exciting insight into the the history of the iconic sports car brand.
In describing the exhibition, Achim Stejskal, Director of the Porsche Museum says, “The spirit of innovation, which over 70 years has made Porsche into one of the world’s most profitable automotive manufacturer, will continue to drive a unique brand experience into the future.” Fittingly, the first 356 — known as “No. 1” — greets attendees at the “Origin of the Sports Car” exhibit.
After 70 Years — The Future of Porsche
Sports cars will always be a part of Porsche’s DNA. But today, the company’s lineup includes two SUVs, the mid-size Macan and full-size Cayenne. And while hybrid powertrains are becoming increasingly common, it’s interesting to note that Ferdinand Porsche is credited with developing the first gasoline-hybrid vehicle — back in 1898!
Given that the company was essentially a century ahead of the market, it’s no surprise that gasoline-hybrid versions of the Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Panamera are already available, and a hybrid version of the 911 Turbo S is just around the corner. Even more exciting is the all-electric Taycan sports sedan, which is designed to fight Tesla, and showcases Porsche’s continued commitment to both pushing the envelope and listening to its customers.