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#1 Bill Wagenblatt

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 17:27

Porsche has just announced that Ferdinand Alexander Porsche has passed away at age 76. The company's official announcement:

Matthias Müller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche AG, paid tribute to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche’s services to the sports car manufacturer: “We mourn the death of our partner, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. As the creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture in our company that has shaped our sports cars to this very day. His philosophy of good design is a legacy to us that we will honour for all time.”

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#2 Stefan Schmidt

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 17:39

Porsche has just announced that Ferdinand Alexander Porsche has passed away at age 76. The company's official announcement:

Matthias Müller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche AG, paid tribute to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche’s services to the sports car manufacturer: “We mourn the death of our partner, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. As the creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture in our company that has shaped our sports cars to this very day. His philosophy of good design is a legacy to us that we will honour for all time.”

Bill


A great designer - I have met him once for a short chat - R.I.P. "Butzi" :cry:

#3 David M. Kane

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 19:55

A great designer - I have met him once for a short chat - R.I.P. "Butzi" :cry:


As someone who has own 6 Porsche I had great admiration for him. The 911 is a very, very special design. God Bless your soul.

#4 jj2728

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 21:48

R.I.P.

#5 T54

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:01

Butzi, thanks for the best car I have ever owned, my cherished 1973 911RS.
Rest in peace.

#6 fbarrett

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:58

Such a creative life that affected so many enthusiasts. My '65 912 reminds me of him every day. His first iteration of the 911/912 body was by far the best.

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#7 E1pix

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:02

Wow, that's big news all right. What a brilliant man, my Dad's also got a 911 and we've long had jovial debates about Porsche vs. Ferrari.

The 911 is certainly an automotive benchmark so add my RIP to the list. Sad Loss.

#8 RTH

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:52

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#9 stuartbrs

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:18

Oddly, I just got my 928 back yesterday, its been away for a long time getting repaired after having a nasty fight with a collapsing drain... I know its not a "purist" Porsche, and not one of Ferdinands, but still, we had an nice drive today. I had been thinking the whole time that I cant see myself ever not owning a Porsche... The first thing I read when I got back was this thread.

#10 barrykm

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:26

R.I.P.

What a contribution he made to motoring and motorsport. :up:

#11 rdrcr

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 12:07



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Talk about making your mark in the world... what a contribution to motoring. Thank you Mr. Porsche for all the fun!! RIP





#12 David M. Kane

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 15:27

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Talk about making your mark in the world... what a contribution to motoring. Thank you Mr. Porsche for all the fun!! RIP


Nice facial hair. :)

#13 David Birchall

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 01:22

I know there are some on this forum who "dis" the 911 but I would suggest the 911 and it's derivatives won more races than any other sports car in history.