BERLIN -- Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the designer of the original version of the iconic 911 sports car, died on Thursday in Salzburg, Austria. He was 76.
"As creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture that molds our sportscars still today," said Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller, in a statement. "His philosophy of good design is for us a legacy that we will also honor in the future."
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche who created the original Volkswagen, designed the first 911 in 1962.
He went on to develop race cars for the Germany automaker until leaving the Stuttgart-based company in 1972 with other family members, when Porsche was transformed into a joint stock company.
Porsche unveiled the seventh generation of the 88,000-euro ($115,000) 911 in September. The 350-hp sportscar has a top speed of 289 kph (179 mph) and surges to 100 km in 4.6 seconds.