Ferdinand Alexander Porsche died Thursday in Austria at the age of 76. Porsche grew up in the automotive industry and he left his mark on that industry by designing the first 911 model for the company his grandfather founded.
The first Porsche 911 model debuted in 1964 for a paltry $5,500. Since then the oval headlights and contour of the 911 with its strong front end and sillowy, teardrop roofline that slows descends to the rear bumper, has become one of the most famous silhouettes in the auto industry and is one of the longest running sports car models.
Last year, the Porsche car company introduced the seventh-generation of the 911. The price has slightly increased since Ferdinand Alexander’s, or “FA” as he was known to colleagues, original design was produced. (The car now sells for around $115,000.) But the vehicle remains easily identifiable as the Porsche 911 with the basic shape remaining virtually unchanged for nearly 50 years.
At the time of his death, “FA” was the honorary president of Porsche’s supervisory board. He had served other roles within the company, including president from 1990 to 1993, but Ferdinand Alexander also established his own design studio, which is located in Austria where he was living.
No other details were provided as to how FA died.