Porsche is known as the automobile company that offers an exceptional driving experience for sports car enthusiasts and also for people who desire high-quality general purpose vehicles. Their flagship models have a history of breaking world records at renowned race tracks. The 918 Spyder is a recent example, featuring the first-ever hybrid electric motor to power a “supercar” capable of reaching top speeds over 210 miles per hour. However, the 87-year-old company had humble beginnings as a manufacturer of affordable commuter cars.
The early years
Ferdinand Porsche was the chief engineer at Mercedes and the designer of the first Volkswagen vehicles before he founded his own car company in 1931. He enjoyed success right from the beginning with his first model, the “Porsche 64,” which was based on the technology of the VW Beetle.
With the onset of World War II, there was a lull in the production of Porsche cars during the 1940s because the company was busy designing tanks and the manufacturing plant that was destroyed by military bombardments. It wasn’t until 1948 that the German automobile company produced its first iconic sports car, the 356. It was also during this time that Porsche designed its famous coat of arms logo.
The 60s and 70s
The 1960s were an important milestone for the company, particularly because of the introduction of the famous 911 coup, which debuted in 1964. It was also during the 60s that the company introduced the 914 sports car, which featured an innovative mid-engine design.
In the 1970s, Porsche reached even greater success by developing the remarkable 917. With its 12-cylinder boxer engine, the 917 won numerous competitions. Shortly afterward, the company went public and developed the first ever street car enhanced with a turbocharger, the iconic 911 turbo coupe.
The modern era
In the 80s and 90s, Porsche continued to develop vehicles that were highly sought after by sports car enthusiasts. In 1988, the popular 911 Carrera was introduced, and in 1993, Porsche developed the stylish and less expensive Boxter roadster. In 1995, Porsche developed a new 911 turbo model that featured a twin turbo. From the beginning of the 21st century until the present, Porsche has continued to gain popularity as it has endeavored to push innovation and produce a wide variety of remarkable automobiles.