The history of Porsche Motor Company has a rich legacy filled with automotive history….in fact, maybe legend would be closer to the truth. Who hasn’t dreamed of driving a Porsche 911? Well, sit back and let’s take a look at Porsche history. It all began with the Beetle.
Professor Ferdinand Porsche founded his company in 1931 and called it Dr. Ing. H. c. F. Porsche GmbH, with a main office in Suttgart, Germany. Originally the company offered motor vehicle development and consultant work and did not build any cars under that name. One of the first jobs the new company received was a directive from the German government to design a car for the German people and from that directive came the Volkswagen Beetle, one of the most successful car designs ever….not bad for starters, right?
Next came the Porsche 64 in 1939 which had many parts from the Beetle. Then the war came and car manufacturing was put on hold. During World War II, a military version of the Beetle was built and called the Kubelwagen, and 52,000 were manufactured. Porsche also designed tanks but did not receive the government contract for their tank design.
After the war the company was taken over by the British while Ferdinand Porsche was imprisoned for war crimes. His son, Ferry Porsche, started a new company, and the first car designed and produced was the Porsche 356. This car was certified in 1948 and produced in 1952. Because parts were in short supply after the war, many Porsche parts for the 356 were Beetle parts.
In 1964 after success in road races, Porsche introduced the landmark Porsche 911 and the rest, as they say, is history. One other side note: the Porsche logo represents the coat of arms of Free People’s State of Wurttemberg, a purely political statement.
Porsche used parts, as you might suspect, are of the highest quality, as is the car itself. Whether you have a Porsche that still has many Beetle components, or one of the newer ones that has Porsche components, you can count on the best craftsmanship. Finding replacement parts for a Porsche at a salvage yard is like finding extra money just before Christmas. If you should happen to see a Porsche at All Import Auto Parts, or any Fort Worth salvage yard, make sure you grab them up quickly.
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