FERRY PORSCHE never got the credit he deserved for all that he did. His life and career were spent in the shadow of his father, Ferdinand Porsche Sr., one of the most influential automotive desingers of the century.
But Ferry Porsche founded the company in Zuffenhausen that builds Porsche sports cars - a company so strong that it stands alone in an era when Jaguar, Ferrari, Saab, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Aston Martin have come under the control of giant carmakers.
Two days after Ferry Porsche died, BMW reached an agreement to buy Rolls-Royce. Ferrari has been part of Fiat since 1969. Lamborghini and Lotus have passed from owner to owner. Ferry Porsche built a little company so resilient that it has weathered the many storms that buffet small, family-owned carmakers.
He designed the first Porsche road car, the Type 356, in 1947. But more important, he created a reverence for the sports car ideal in his company, not a cult of personality.
Porsche AG's strength and independence today is a living testament to Ferry Porsche.