THE SPORTS CAR world was changed forever on June 8, 1948, when an unsung Austrian clerk stamped 'okay' on the rego papers for a strange little silver convertible, approving it for road use. It was the day Porsche was born.
Neither the clerk nor Ferry Porsche, the designer of that little silver convertible – model 356 chassis No. 1 – could have known it would spawn a sports car juggernaut that continues to thrill drivers the world over, 70 years later.
The impact Porsche has had on the automotive world, both on the road and racetrack, cannot be understated and its cars have been world-beaters since 1948. But even as sales and the company grew and its reputation for fast, bullet-proof-machines spread, Porsche has never lost sight of its original ambition: To build the world's best sports cars.
In the last seven decades, thousands of talented designers, engineers and test drivers at Zuffenausen, Stuttgart and Weissach have shown an almost religious zeal in experimenting, innovating and developing technologies that extend the performance car envelope to new levels.
In this special, 42-page 70th anniversary feature we pay tribute to their work and some of Porsche's greatest road cars, past and present. And it's a helluva ride.