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Ferry Porsche with a Porsche Type 356 B Coupe in the car delivery department in the yard of Plant No. 2 in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, 1960, Porsche AG

In contrast to the modern computer-controlled mechanical handling systems in the vehicle production area, the painted bodyshells were moved on trolleys on arrival from the coachbuilders Karosseriewerk Reutter. They were propelled manually from one work station to the next in accordance with a predetermined work preparation schedule. The Reutter company was acquired by Porsche KG in 1964.

Ferry Porsche had worked in his father’s design office ever since the establishment of ”Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche GmbH” in 1931.

The ”Panamericana” design study was a birthday present and also one of the attractions of that year’s German ‘IAA’ Motor Show. A one-off vehicle, it bore the name of the celebrated Mexican long-distance race, the Carrera Panamericana. It was success in this race that made the Porsche Type 550 Spyder famous all over the world.

Ferry Porsche on September 19, 1984, his 75th birthday, with his sons (from left): Hans-Peter (*1940), Gerhard (*1938), Ferdinand Alexander (*1935) and Wolfgang (*1943) in the courtyard of the Porsche villa in the North of Stuttgart, Feuerbacher Weg 48. The four-seat 928 S was presented to him by the Porsche workforce.

The 928 S with 300-hp, 4.7-liter V8 engine was his birthday present from the workforce: to distinguish it from the standard model it had side rubbing strips finished in the body color and front and rear spoilers made of polyurethane foam.

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