In 1949, Ferdinand 'Ferry' Porsche faced a dilemma. Recently returned to Stuttgart from the marque's wartime retreat in Gmund, Austria (where his band of displaced workers had managed to cobble together 50 cars bearing the family name), he had to decide whether he should take a huge gamble and commit to series production. Ferry calculated that over the coming years, and with a little luck, the world market could probably absorb 500 examples of his idiosyncratic little sports car. Back in those cash-strapped, war-scarred days, he would have been quite unable to conceive of the idea of accumulating 500 cars simply to display to the public. But that's the number of models
Published Dec 7th, 2015
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