A Brief History

In this timeline you will find all the key detail from the beginning of Porsche, through to today. Use the slider to quickly find any information you may be interested in from any moment in time.

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1898
1898

World’s First Electric Car

Before the age of motoring vehicles, the popular form of transport was the horse-drawn carriage. In 1898, a man named Ludwig Lohner called upon Ferdinand Porsche to change the world forever. A young Ferdinand Porsche was captivated by electricity, to […]

1900
1900

World’s First Hybrid

To follow the success of the Egger-Lohner Phaeton C2, Lohner collaborated with Porsche to create the Lohner-Porsche Semper Vivus. This was another world-first, as Ferdinand combined 2 combustion engines to his electrical wheel-hub motors. The combustion engines each powered an […]

1906
1906

Technical Director

At the age of 31, Ferdinand Porsche went on to become the Technical Director for the huge automotive company, Austro Daimler. This new-found career propelled Porsche forward in automotive design, and lead to his success with Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft. His […]

1931
1931

Office opens in Stuttgart

25 April 1931, Stuttgart, Germany, Porsche and 2 partners Adolf Rosenberger and Anton Piëch found Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH or Porsche AG for short. At the start they offered only motor vehicle development work and consulting. The […]

1939
1939

The Grandfather of Porsche – Type 64

When discussing the “first Porsche” – most would tell you that the 356 is the correct answer. However, predating the 356 by 9 years, came the Type 64, with only 3 produced. Despite the Type 64 being made before the […]

1939

1939-1945 – Porsche during WWII

At the beginning of the Second World War, Porsche was working at his office in Stuttgart and developing the Type 64 (detail in previous article). Throughout history, Porsche noticeably had ties with the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler. When wartime […]

1948
1948

Birth of The Porsche 356

What is regarded as the first “real” Porsche, was the 356, designed by Ferry Porsche during Porsche Seniors imprisonment in France for war crimes. Ferry had recently discovered that if you put enough power in a small vehicle, it would […]

1951
1951

Death of Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche, after years of success, died in January of 1951. Shortly before he suffered a stroke which he had trouble recovering from. After his death, Ferry Porsche his son took over control of the family business. Ferry is full […]

1964
1964

Porsche Then…

When you think “Porsche” today, the model you’ll likely vision is the 911. The journey of this world-changing sports car, began in 1963. Ferry Porsche had seen that the 356, as successful as it was, would need an update. The […]

2021
2021

Porsche Now…

Porsche’s success with the 911 has continued to this day as it is and always will be the most recognisable sportscar on the market.  As we know from the very first article of this brief history, Porsche was far ahead […]