Ferdinand Porsche

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Born   3 September 1875 Maffersdorf, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (current Vratislavice nad Nisou, Czech Republic).

Died  30 January 1951 (aged 75) Stuttgart, West Germany.

Citizenship   Austria-Hungary (birth–1918), Czechoslovakia (1918–1934), Germany (1934–death).

Children   Ferry Porsche and Louisa Porsche.

Engineering career

Projects   Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK,  Tiger I,  Tiger II,  the Elefant,  and the Volkswagen Beetle.

Awards   German National Prize for Art and Science (1938),  SS-Ehrenring,  War Merit Cross,  Wilhelm Exner Medal, 1936.


Ferdinand Porsche (3 September 1875 – 30 January 1951) was an automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company. He is best known for creating the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle {Lohner-Porsche}, theVolkswagen Beetle, the Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK, several other important developments and Porsche automobiles. In addition, Porsche designed the 1923 Benz Tropfenwagen, which was the first racing car with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.

Porsche was an important contributor to the German war effort during World…

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