A Legend Born: A Look at Porsche’s Humble Beginnings

Silver Porsche 356 in a German museum

The story of Porsche begins with a humble man with innovative ideas in the automotive field and his earnest son’s  dream to build high-quality sports cars that could rival the best automobiles available in the 1940s. In 1948, Ferdinand Porsche and his son finally obtained the necessary resources they needed and hired 200 workers to begin work on what would one day become one of the most respected luxury sports car companies in the world.

Tucked away in a small crowded garage in Gmünd, Austria, a brand new car was being built. Dubbed the Aerodynamic 356, the first Porsche was rolled out to meet the world. Porsche built 52 of these vehicles; all by hand and all from within the small confines of that tiny garage. Porsche was born and has been going strong ever since. The dreams of a father and son were finally  realized.

Porsche Gains Strength

In 1950, space was leased in the Reutter body factory just outside of Stuttgart. Porsche was already considered a major automobile manufacturer. Ferdinand Porsche lived long enough to see his dreams realized – if only the infancy  of what would become a brand legacy. He died in 1951 just as the horsepower for the “356” jumped up to a useful 60.

A mere two years later,  Porsche introduced the 550 Spyder, which would ultimately rival  the giant automakers, such as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Jaguar, and Maserati. The small company became a major player  at that vital moment in automotive history, , and it has since surpassed all others by continuing to engineer, design and build some of the most luxurious sports cars the industry has ever seen.

From the dreams of an innovative man in 1948 Austria to a worldwide brand recognized for quality, luxury, and performance today, Porsche has come a long way from its humble beginnings.
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