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(The New York Times)   Ferdinand A. Porsche dead at 76. Nothing was the same after 911   (nytimes.com) divider line 47
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2012-04-05 11:36:45 PM  
style points subby... not that my opinion matters, but headline of the week territory for me.

Also sad to have lost someone so clearly gifted at really fairly young age these days. Although he was in his early 20's when he hit on the design that would be the 911. But 50+ years later the look of a 911 hasn't changed a whole lot. (compare the Corvette for body style changes over that same timespan.)
And that's gotta count for something.
 
2012-04-06 12:13:04 AM  
So will they make a Ferdinand Porche memorial car that will get you funny looks when you call it a "Porche Ferdinand?"
 
2012-04-06 12:58:53 AM  
Porsche 911: Never Forget
 
2012-04-06 01:22:03 AM  
emotorauto.com

Gotta admit, that's a nice looking penis enhancement.
 
2012-04-06 01:49:53 AM  

Paris1127: Porsche 911: Never Forget


Never forget what it did to the twin turbo.
 
2012-04-06 02:01:04 AM  

sno man: style points subby... not that my opinion matters, but headline of the week territory for me.


For me as well. Brilliant headline, that one.
 
2012-04-06 02:50:12 AM  
Headline is snazzy, sporty, and powerful.
 
2012-04-06 03:04:51 AM  
I always thought it'd be neat to see a modern take on the 914.

Oh, and...

Britney Spear's Speculum: So will they make a Ferdinand Porche memorial car that will get you funny looks when you call it a "Porche Ferdinand?"


Nice.
 
2012-04-06 03:15:45 AM  
"The Beverly Hillbillies" were so rich, before they loaded up their truck and moved, their farmhouse had a front porsche AND back porsche.
 
2012-04-06 03:19:35 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-04-06 04:28:41 AM  
founder of well known brand in niche market trifecta in play
 
2012-04-06 04:30:14 AM  
Awesome headline.

The 911 has been my dream car since I was about 16. And that was a long friggin' time ago.
 
2012-04-06 05:14:47 AM  

moothemagiccow: founder of well known brand in niche market trifecta in play


Actually Porsche was founded by his dad.
 
2012-04-06 05:37:31 AM  
 
2012-04-06 06:24:26 AM  
Shorter than average wheelbase, low center of gravity, rear wheel drive, on top of too many horses...

whatsprice.com


That's how you make the 'ultimate driving machine'.
 
2012-04-06 07:02:32 AM  

WhyteRaven74: moothemagiccow: founder of well known brand in niche market trifecta in play

Actually Porsche was founded by his dad.


Grandfather.
 
2012-04-06 07:09:34 AM  
+1 Subs. 1966 was a very good year.
 
2012-04-06 07:28:37 AM  

sno man: But 50+ years later the look of a 911 hasn't changed a whole lot.


I thought that was the whole point of a 911.
 
2012-04-06 08:00:45 AM  
www.blogcdn.com

www.overthinkingit.com
 
2012-04-06 08:07:19 AM  

goddamndroogs!: Shorter than average wheelbase, low center of gravity, rear wheel drive, on top of too many horses...

[whatsprice.com image 640x480]


That's how you make the 'ultimate driving machine'.


agrees.

/BMW owner
 
2012-04-06 08:19:06 AM  
Godspeed sir, and thank you
4-photos.ebizautos.com
 
2012-04-06 08:28:35 AM  
Over the years Porsche designed some real pieces of shiat.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-04-06 08:40:52 AM  

bionicjoe: Over the years Porsche designed some real pieces of shiat.


Since that one was covered, here's another.

i109.photobucket.com

Tiger (Porsche Prototype)
 
2012-04-06 09:20:46 AM  

TheHighlandHowler: Thanks to the trailing-arm rear suspension, early 911s seemed to actively work to kill the driver. (new window)


The 911 could be a handful, but IMO, the reports of the tail passing the front at the slightest provocation were overblown.

I bought a '70 911E when I was in my early 20's and drove it like any 20-something would... I only had the rear break loose a couple of times on me and never managed to spin it completely.

I've had a few cars since then that were a lot more powerful and a lot faster than my old Porsche, but none that were more fun to drive.

RIP Franz Ferdinand
 
2012-04-06 09:37:26 AM  
The 911 is a beautiful, sexy car, but I'd rather have a Cayman, personally.
 
2012-04-06 10:12:06 AM  
i.telegraph.co.uk
Devastated
 
2012-04-06 10:15:29 AM  
 
2012-04-06 10:20:50 AM  

Odd Bird: Godspeed sir, and thank you
[4-photos.ebizautos.com image 512x384]


that was my number-one "want!" car as a kid.
 
2012-04-06 10:29:05 AM  
+ 1 Subby

R.I.P Bryan Ferry
 
2012-04-06 11:35:53 AM  
Who the hell names their daughter after a car?
 
M-G
2012-04-06 12:39:22 PM  
So he lifted off the gas in a turn?
 
2012-04-06 12:53:44 PM  

ChubbyTiger: WhyteRaven74: moothemagiccow: founder of well known brand in niche market trifecta in play

Actually Porsche was founded by his dad.

Grandfather.


Well, they're all named Ferdinand Porsche, so...

/ Except for Ferdinand Piëch
// That's bound to cause a bit o' confusion
/// Mind if we call you Ferdinand Porsche?
 
2012-04-06 01:04:27 PM  

M-G: So he lifted off the gas in a turn?


that's as good as the headline. Well done.
 
2012-04-06 01:10:20 PM  

Tax Boy:
www.tuningnews.net

www.overthinkingit.com


FTFY
 
2012-04-06 01:31:08 PM  
www.navtones.com

Would argue that everything was the same after 911.

/Hot
 
2012-04-06 02:04:11 PM  

nicoffeine: I always thought it'd be neat to see a modern take on the 914.

Oh, and...

Britney Spear's Speculum: So will they make a Ferdinand Porche memorial car that will get you funny looks when you call it a "Porche Ferdinand?"

Nice.


It's called the Boxster.
 
2012-04-06 02:18:36 PM  
A VW Bug with an engine?

www.dcclubbing.com
 
2012-04-06 03:58:26 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: TheHighlandHowler: Thanks to the trailing-arm rear suspension, early 911s seemed to actively work to kill the driver. (new window)

The 911 could be a handful, but IMO, the reports of the tail passing the front at the slightest provocation were overblown.

I bought a '70 911E when I was in my early 20's and drove it like any 20-something would... I only had the rear break loose a couple of times on me and never managed to spin it completely.

I've had a few cars since then that were a lot more powerful and a lot faster than my old Porsche, but none that were more fun to drive.


My Dad had a '74 911. Grape purple. I still remember the motor oil and leather smell, and the very distinctive sound of the air-cooled flat-six. Almost bought a used '88 Targa when I was younger, but then found out I had to move to Vegas, and you can't really drive an air-cooled Porsche in Vegas for about 8 months of the year.

The tail-happy reputation was more for the Turbos, as far as I remember. The 930 was a difficult car to control at 7/10 and up because the power/weight ratio and the rear suspension design were not good combos, and power-on coming out of a tight turn, there wasn't enough downforce on the enormous whale tail to keep the rear end planted. In sweepers it was pretty good.

www.creativecrash.com
 
2012-04-06 04:01:38 PM  
Porsche offers and recommends a driving course for new owners or people who just want to learn to drive a powerful car safely. I've been lucky and got to drive a few nice cars. If you come into some money and buy a 911 GT3 and don't take the new owner driving instruction you will end up wrapped around a tree. They can be twitchy since they have a short wheel base and make a lot of power. I think starting this year every car sold in the U.S. has to have some form of traction control on them. If you leave all the driving aids on in powerful cars you might not kill yourself. If you get an older car or decide to turn off TC to show off to some friends I hope you understand what the car is going to do. If you know its going to happen and you know how the car will react and what to do when the wheels break traction it can be an insane amount of fun. If you don't it can kill you pretty fast.

Ultra powerful cars are fun to drive. The most uncontrollable cars I ever got to drive were a twin turbo Viper that made around 850hp at the wheels. They don't have traction control and the power band was kind of abrupt. The absolute worst was a 1979 Corvette that had a Chevy 572 Crate motor with twin turbos crammed under the hood. My buddy said it made 1050hp and 1100lbs torque. I got to drive it around an empty parking lot and would not have taken it on the road if you put a gun to my head. That car would come around on you if you even thought about touching the throttle. I think the drive train from the Vette went into something else a year or two later.

Most power in a car I have owned was 372 at the rear wheels and it would hurt you if you didn't pay attention every second. I saw a car I would love to have on youtube. I couldn't fit in it if I had to since I'm 6'6". It was a Lotus Exige with a supercharger and a turbo. It sounded beautiful and looked fast. I think the car broke a wheel when the guy spun or it spun when the wheel broke. I would love Lotus to make their cars a little bigger on the inside so us Jolly Green Giants could fit.
 
2012-04-06 04:48:47 PM  

He Who Shall Not Be Named: Porsche offers and recommends a driving course for new owners or people who just want to learn to drive a powerful car safely. I've been lucky and got to drive a few nice cars. If you come into some money and buy a 911 GT3 and don't take the new owner driving instruction you will end up wrapped around a tree. They can be twitchy since they have a short wheel base and make a lot of power. I think starting this year every car sold in the U.S. has to have some form of traction control on them. If you leave all the driving aids on in powerful cars you might not kill yourself. If you get an older car or decide to turn off TC to show off to some friends I hope you understand what the car is going to do. If you know its going to happen and you know how the car will react and what to do when the wheels break traction it can be an insane amount of fun. If you don't it can kill you pretty fast.

Ultra powerful cars are fun to drive. The most uncontrollable cars I ever got to drive were a twin turbo Viper that made around 850hp at the wheels. They don't have traction control and the power band was kind of abrupt. The absolute worst was a 1979 Corvette that had a Chevy 572 Crate motor with twin turbos crammed under the hood. My buddy said it made 1050hp and 1100lbs torque. I got to drive it around an empty parking lot and would not have taken it on the road if you put a gun to my head. That car would come around on you if you even thought about touching the throttle. I think the drive train from the Vette went into something else a year or two later.

Most power in a car I have owned was 372 at the rear wheels and it would hurt you if you didn't pay attention every second. I saw a car I would love to have on youtube. I couldn't fit in it if I had to since I'm 6'6". It was a Lotus Exige with a supercharger and a turbo. It sounded beautiful and looked fast. I think the car broke a wheel when the guy spun or it spun when the wheel broke. I would love Lotus to make their cars a lit ...


Jesus was an extraterrestrial.
 
2012-04-06 05:14:59 PM  
www.autotrend.com

love this one.
 
2012-04-06 10:29:17 PM  

blankwhiteboard: love this one.


The 959 was THE best Porsche...nay, the best SUPERCAR ever made. Yes...fark you, Ferrari Enzo and F40. Fark you both A2A with a giant double-ended rubber dick.

He Who Shall Not Be Named: It was a Lotus Exige with a supercharger and a turbo. It sounded beautiful and looked fast. I think the car broke a wheel when the guy spun or it spun when the wheel broke. I would love Lotus to make their cars a little bigger on the inside so us Jolly Green Giants could fit.


That was a tuned/trurbo'd Toyota Corolla engine in the Exige S. You covet a Toyota. Lotus has lost their way. And their quality control sucks...very disappointing for a bespoke automobile.

/Still a great track car, though.
 
2012-04-07 07:31:52 AM  

Another Government Employee: +1 Subs. 1966 was a very good year.


Stabone33: Eddie Adams from Torrance: TheHighlandHowler: Thanks to the trailing-arm rear suspension, early 911s seemed to actively work to kill the driver. (new window)

The 911 could be a handful, but IMO, the reports of the tail passing the front at the slightest provocation were overblown.

I bought a '70 911E when I was in my early 20's and drove it like any 20-something would... I only had the rear break loose a couple of times on me and never managed to spin it completely.

I've had a few cars since then that were a lot more powerful and a lot faster than my old Porsche, but none that were more fun to drive.

My Dad had a '74 911. Grape purple. I still remember the motor oil and leather smell, and the very distinctive sound of the air-cooled flat-six. Almost bought a used '88 Targa when I was younger, but then found out I had to move to Vegas, and you can't really drive an air-cooled Porsche in Vegas for about 8 months of the year.

The tail-happy reputation was more for the Turbos, as far as I remember. The 930 was a difficult car to control at 7/10 and up because the power/weight ratio and the rear suspension design were not good combos, and power-on coming out of a tight turn, there wasn't enough downforce on the enormous whale tail to keep the rear end planted. In sweepers it was pretty good.

[www.creativecrash.com image 575x431]


My dad has a 66 911 and is in the midst of rebuilding the engine. Personally I still prefer the looks of the 356c but it is still a sweet car. It was that orange that it came in back then. He decided he had to have guards red. Not historically accurate but he doesn't care.
 
2012-04-07 12:27:53 PM  
I hope they don't misspell his name as "FERDINAND A. PORSH" on the headstone. :(
 
2012-04-07 12:53:03 PM  

rikkards: Another Government Employee: +1 Subs. 1966 was a very good year.

Stabone33: Eddie Adams from Torrance: TheHighlandHowler: Thanks to the trailing-arm rear suspension, early 911s seemed to actively work to kill the driver. (new window)

The 911 could be a handful, but IMO, the reports of the tail passing the front at the slightest provocation were overblown.

I bought a '70 911E when I was in my early 20's and drove it like any 20-something would... I only had the rear break loose a couple of times on me and never managed to spin it completely.

I've had a few cars since then that were a lot more powerful and a lot faster than my old Porsche, but none that were more fun to drive.

My Dad had a '74 911. Grape purple. I still remember the motor oil and leather smell, and the very distinctive sound of the air-cooled flat-six. Almost bought a used '88 Targa when I was younger, but then found out I had to move to Vegas, and you can't really drive an air-cooled Porsche in Vegas for about 8 months of the year.

The tail-happy reputation was more for the Turbos, as far as I remember. The 930 was a difficult car to control at 7/10 and up because the power/weight ratio and the rear suspension design were not good combos, and power-on coming out of a tight turn, there wasn't enough downforce on the enormous whale tail to keep the rear end planted. In sweepers it was pretty good.

[www.creativecrash.com image 575x431]

My dad has a 66 911 and is in the midst of rebuilding the engine. Personally I still prefer the looks of the 356c but it is still a sweet car. It was that orange that it came in back then. He decided he had to have guards red. Not historically accurate but he doesn't care.


Any pics there Ralphy boy?
 
2012-04-07 02:14:08 PM  

jim32rr: rikkards: Another Government Employee: +1 Subs. 1966 was a very good year.

Stabone33: Eddie Adams from Torrance: TheHighlandHowler: Thanks to the trailing-arm rear suspension, early 911s seemed to actively work to kill the driver. (new window)

The 911 could be a handful, but IMO, the reports of the tail passing the front at the slightest provocation were overblown.

I bought a '70 911E when I was in my early 20's and drove it like any 20-something would... I only had the rear break loose a couple of times on me and never managed to spin it completely.

I've had a few cars since then that were a lot more powerful and a lot faster than my old Porsche, but none that were more fun to drive.

My Dad had a '74 911. Grape purple. I still remember the motor oil and leather smell, and the very distinctive sound of the air-cooled flat-six. Almost bought a used '88 Targa when I was younger, but then found out I had to move to Vegas, and you can't really drive an air-cooled Porsche in Vegas for about 8 months of the year.

The tail-happy reputation was more for the Turbos, as far as I remember. The 930 was a difficult car to control at 7/10 and up because the power/weight ratio and the rear suspension design were not good combos, and power-on coming out of a tight turn, there wasn't enough downforce on the enormous whale tail to keep the rear end planted. In sweepers it was pretty good.

[www.creativecrash.com image 575x431]

My dad has a 66 911 and is in the midst of rebuilding the engine. Personally I still prefer the looks of the 356c but it is still a sweet car. It was that orange that it came in back then. He decided he had to have guards red. Not historically accurate but he doesn't care.

Any pics there Ralphy boy?

Ask and ye shall receive.
Forgot that we replaced the old moonpie rims it came with the typical 5 spoke for my parents 25th anniversary. We couldn't give them away.
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2012-04-07 02:22:28 PM  

rikkards: jim32rr: rikkards: Another Government Employee: +1 Subs. 1966 was a very good year.

Stabone33: Eddie Adams from Torrance: TheHighlandHowler: Thanks to the trailing-arm rear suspension, early 911s seemed to actively work to kill the driver. (new window)

The 911 could be a handful, but IMO, the reports of the tail passing the front at the slightest provocation were overblown.

I bought a '70 911E when I was in my early 20's and drove it like any 20-something would... I only had the rear break loose a couple of times on me and never managed to spin it completely.

I've had a few cars since then that were a lot more powerful and a lot faster than my old Porsche, but none that were more fun to drive.

My Dad had a '74 911. Grape purple. I still remember the motor oil and leather smell, and the very distinctive sound of the air-cooled flat-six. Almost bought a used '88 Targa when I was younger, but then found out I had to move to Vegas, and you can't really drive an air-cooled Porsche in Vegas for about 8 months of the year.

The tail-happy reputation was more for the Turbos, as far as I remember. The 930 was a difficult car to control at 7/10 and up because the power/weight ratio and the rear suspension design were not good combos, and power-on coming out of a tight turn, there wasn't enough downforce on the enormous whale tail to keep the rear end planted. In sweepers it was pretty good.

[www.creativecrash.com image 575x431]

My dad has a 66 911 and is in the midst of rebuilding the engine. Personally I still prefer the looks of the 356c but it is still a sweet car. It was that orange that it came in back then. He decided he had to have guards red. Not historically accurate but he doesn't care.

Any pics there Ralphy boy?
Ask and ye shall receive.
Forgot that we replaced the old moonpie rims it came with the typical 5 spoke for my parents 25th anniversary. We couldn't give them away.
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Thanks for sharing, good stuff. Busting my butt trying to get my German wife the Cayman I promised her.
 
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