Porsche SE was created in June 2007 by renaming the old Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, and became a holding company for the families' stake in Porsche Zwischenholding GmbH (50.1%) (which in turn held 100% of the old Porsche AG) and currently is the major shareholder in Volkswagen AG (31.3%) and holds the majority voting rights (53.1%).
Porsche SE was created in June 2007 by renaming the old Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, and became a holding company for the families' stake in Porsche Zwischenholding GmbH (50.1%) (which in turn held 100% of the old Porsche AG) and Volkswagen AG (50.7%).
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1948 Porsche introduces the aerodynamic "356," named for its design project number. Through 1949, the company hand-builds the first 52 cars in a small garage in Gmund, Austria. 1950 Porsche leases space in the Reutter body factory in Zuffenhausen, a Stuttgart suburb. Reutter builds bodies for the 356 and production reaches 369 for the year. Sportscar enthusiasts take notice of the lightweight, quick-handling 356. In New York, importer Max Hoffman places the first North American order for Porsches. 1951 Ferdinand Porsche dies. Horsepower for the 356 jumps to 60. 1953 550 Spyder road/race model proves a "giant killer" among larger, more powerful cars from Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati and Aston-Martin. 1954 Speedster model introduced as low-priced, "stripped-down" version of 356. Today the 1954-1957 Speedsters are among the most sought-after Porsches by collectors.
1956 10,000thPorsche built. Top performance road car is 100-hp Carrera. 1958 10,000th356 built. Porsche outsources body production as demand grows. 1962 Porsche establishes independent distribution network in Europe. 1963 Successor to the 356 first shown — the 911 powered by an all-new 2.0-liter, 130-hp six-cylinder engine. Porsche takes over its former body subcontractor, Reuter and establishes its own distribution network in the United States. Worldwide annual production surpasses 11,000.
1964 911 production begins and the new model is an instant hit. US price: $5,500. 1965 10,000th356 production ends after 17 years and 77,361 built. Porsche quickly responds to demand for new entry model with the 912 — the 911 body with the former 356 four-cylinder engine. US price: $4,000. 1966-1970 Porsche expands the 911 range quickly, adding an innovative Targa with removable roof panel (1966), Sportomatic semi-automatic transmission (1967), the high-performance 911 S (1967), a lower-priced 911 T (1968), fuel injection (1969) and larger engines (1970). 1969 Production passes the 14,000 mark. Porsche enlarges the Zuffenhausen factory with a new multistory assembly operation. 1970 Porsche replaces the 912 with the 914, a lower-priced, mid-engine sportscar. The 914 offers either a Volkswagen four-cylinder engine or a Porsche six-cylinder engine (914/6). 1972 Porsche opens its Research and Development Center in Weissach, Germany. Ferry Porsche becomes chairman of the supervisory boar...
1975 Porsche introduces 911 Turbo supercar in North America as a 1976 model. The 911 Turbo combines exotic car performance with luxury and everyday usability. 1976 Porsche replaces the 914 with the 924, a front-engine sports coupe. The car is powered by an Audi engine and built by Audi and features a rear transaxle for optimal weight distribution. Porsche becomes the first carmaker in the world to heat-galvanize steel car bodies, and Porsche cars come with a six-year guarantee against rust. 1977 Total Porsche production to date passes 300,000. 1978 Porsche introduces the 928. It is radically different from the 911 and features a front-mounted, liquid-cooled 240-horsepower V-8 engine. The 911 becomes the 911 SC, featuring a 3.0-liter engine and a host of enhancements. 1981 924 model joined by 924 Turbo. The 924 is Porsche’s most popular model and also a successful racecar. 1982 Porsche Cars North America established with its headquarters in Reno, Nevada. New 944 model based on 924 bu...
1990 Porsche introduces the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4 and the rear-wheel drive 911 Carrera 2. The cars share just 15 percent of their parts with the previous 911. New Tiptronic automatic transmission available for the Carrera 2 provides choice between fully automatic shifting and clutchless manual shifting. 1993 Dr. Wendelin Wiedekin, head of production and materials management, becomes chairman of Porsche AG. Refocused on 911 development, Porsche introduces the final version of the air-cooled classic. The same year, Porsche unveils a concept for a mid-engine sportscar called "Boxster." Overwhelming positive response persuades Porsche to develop the car, which will appear in 1997. 1995 Porsche discontinues its front-engine models, the 968 (the final evolution of the 944), and the 928. 1996 One-millionth Porsche built in July. The 911 Turbo features the all-wheel drive system from the 911 Carrera 4, dual turbochargers and intercoolers and 400 horsepower.
1997 Boxster introduced with mid-mounted 201-horsepower, 2.5-liter engine. Porsche quickly responds to worldwide demand by establishing a second Boxster assembly site in Finland. 1998 Ferry Porsche dies at age 88. Porsche introduces the first 100-percent all-new 911 model since the first one in 1964. The new car breaks with 911 tradition by using a liquid-cooled engine — though it’s still a horizontally opposed six. The all-wheel drive Carrera 4 introduces the Porsche Stability Management system. 1999 Porsche confirms that it will build its new sport-utility vehicle in Leipzig, Germany. The vehicle, designed and developed by Porsche and shared with Volkswagen, is scheduled to debut in 2002. 2000 Boxster features larger 2.7-liter engine. Boxster S introduced with 3.2-liter, 250-horsepower engine. All-new 2001 911 Turbo introduced with an engine based on that of the GT1 racecar that won LeMans in 1998. Tiptronic S five-speed automatic transmission introduced as an option. Porsche unve...
2001 The Porsche 911 GT2 debuts with top track speed of 195 mph. Carrera engines increased to 320 horsepower. Adopt the 911 Turbo headlight design and receive a newly shaped front end, widened rear end panel, and redesigned oval exhaust tailpipes. 2002 Porsche announces plans to produce the Carrera GT with a six-liter V10 engine. An all new 911 Targa and 911 Carrera 4S are introduced based on Porsche's current 911 models. 2003 Porsche introduces Cayenne Sport Utility Vehicle as the Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne S. Boxster and Boxster S get power boosts from Porsche's patented VarioCam(r) engine technology. 2004 Carrera GTSupercar and Porsche 911 GT3 arrive in U.S. Full line-up includes 911 Coupe, Cabriolet and Targa models, Boxster and Boxster S roadsters and Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo sport utility vehicles. Special 40th Anniversary 911 and new V-6 Cayenne introduced. 2005 The all-new 911 Carrera and Carrera S debut with a familiar silhouette, but with more power and options. 911 Turb...
Mar 15, 2019 · In 1984, Porsche went public. The company had been controlled by the Porsche and Piech families from the start -- Dr. Ernst Piech being Ferdinand Porsche's son-in-law -- and they kept 50% of the shares for themselves. Production-wise, Porsche continued to crank out high-quality sports cars in very high numbers: the 911 hit the 250,000 mark in 1987.
Nov 13, 2009 · On June 8, 1948, a hand-built aluminum prototype labeled “No. 1″ becomes the first vehicle to bear the name of one of the world’s leading luxury car manufacturers: Porsche. The Austrian automotive...
Jun 08, 2016 · Ed - June 8, 2016 The first Porsche was built on the 8th of June 1948. Today the Porsche brand is one of the best-known cars in the world and they are among the most prized sports cars in the world. The car was built by the Austrian engineer Ferdinand Porsche who had been working on the car for many years.
Jan 05, 2018 · It wasn’t until 1939 when Porsche completed its first car – the 64 – but with World War II starting, there were other priorities, like the Kübelwagen (a military version of the Beetle).
Dec 03, 2013 · The GT2 was capable of sub-four-second 0-60 sprints. In September 1997, Porsche introduced the first water-cooled 911, the 996. It was still a rear-engined 2+2, but it had close ties to the mid ...
- Porsche 911 – First Generation (1963-1989) Model Year: 1963–1989. Units Produced: 81,100. Body Styles: 2-door coupé, 2-door targa top (1966–89), 2-door convertible (1982–89)
- Porsche 901 – The Original (1963-1964) Model Year: 1963–1964. Learn More: Porsche 901. Units Produced: 82 units. The massive undertaking of replacing the 356 began as early as 1959 with Ferdinand Alexander “Butzi” Porsche largely responsible for the project.
- Porsche 912 – Bridging A Gap (1965-1969) Model Year: 1963–1964. Learn More: Porsche 912. Units Produced: >32,000 units. The Porsche 912 was not intended to replace the Porsche 356, but rather offer consumers who had appreciated the 356 as an option to buy a car at the same price point.
- Porsche 911 – The Early Years (1963 to 1973) Model Years: 1965–1973. Units Produced: 81,100. Learn More: 911 Early Years (1963-1973) Porsche wanted to offer a larger, four-seater version of its 356, specifically its expensive and complicated Carrera 2.