Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche GmbH, Konstruktionen und Beratung für Motoren und Fahrzeuge is a far more recognizable brand than it appears at first glance. This German company, founded in Stuttgart on April 25, 1931, is best known as Porsche. At the time, Professor Ferdinand Porsche had no intention of building his own cars; instead, he carried out projects for a variety of clients. Within his first 15 years of business, Porsche filled over four ledgers with more than 300 innovative projects. Porsche’s mission for innovation continues to stand today. 

Porsche’s first major undertaking was only its seventh-ever project. This car is now known as the Wanderer W21/22 (cover photo). In the next several years, Porsche’s vision began to take shape as an automotive company. He secured commissions to develop a sixteen-cylinder race car (resulting in the Type 22 mid-engine P race car) and a small car for the Zündapp motorcycle manufacturer. From there, Porsche only continued to advance as an automobile manufacturer. 

Porsche now has six models (the 718, 911, Taycan, Panamera, Macan, and Cayenne) in production, and the 911 is the most popular model worldwide. The model came into production in 1963. A 2023 Porsche 911 (shown above) can be purchased at a base price of $107,550 and is a “performance car for all seasons” with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six-cylinder engine. This car is capable of a 0-60 acceleration in 2.1 seconds and a top track speed of 180 mph. Porsche’s attention to detail and innovation, both in body and mechanics, has been evident in every car for nearly a century.