A Brief History of Porsche

Celebrating Porsche History at Porsche Jacksonville


Now entering its 86th year, Porsche AG is the world’s foremost luxury performance car maker. Iconic models like the Porsche 911 and the 2017 Porsche Panamera are available at Porsche Jacksonville for test driving today. If you’re ready to own the best, visit our Porsche dealership in Jacksonville, FL.

 Porsche Macan driving in the city

Porsche AG: Historical Background


Ferdinand Porsche founded Porsche AG in 1931, and Porsche shoppers in St. Augustine, FL might be surprised to learn that the company’s first design was the prototype for the Volkswagen Beetle. It wasn’t until 1948 that the first Porsche vehicle, the Porsche 356, was seen. Its humble beginnings in a tiny Austrian sawmill are a far cry from the state-of-the-art Porsche AG manufacturing lines we know today.


In the 1950s and early 1960s Porsche vehicles began making a name for themselves on the motor-racing circuit, but the company’s big break didn’t come until 1964, with the now-legendary Porsche 911 model’s debut. Built on the foundations laid by the Porsche 356, the Porsche 911 featured the brand’s world-renowned air-cooled rear-engine setup, along with a 6C Boxer engine.   


The rest, as they say, is history. And as a top-rated Porsche dealership in Florida, we love discussing our heritage. Stop by today to learn more!


Porsche Model History


Following the Porsche 911 model’s debut, the Porsche 911 Carrera was birthed in 1973. It differentiated itself from the Porsche 911 via larger brakes, wider rear wheels, a stiffer suspension, and a larger engine. Two years later, Porsche AG released the first turbocharged Porsche 911, known in North America as the Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera.


The Porsche Cayenne, one of our favorite vehicles at Porsche Jacksonville, was Porsche AG’s first SUV. Debuting in North America for the 2003 model year, this wildly popular midsize luxury crossover SUV was powered by a V8 engine throughout its first generation. The second generation, which began in 2011, ushered in hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Another critically-acclaimed Porsche model, the Porsche Panamera, officially launched in 2011, with hybrid and diesel models following soon after. 


Meet with our Porsche dealers at 10100 Atlantic Blvd. in Jacksonville, FL and see the entire Porsche model lineup!


Buying a Porsche Vehicle at Porsche Jacksonville


Visit our Jacksonville Porsche dealership to test drive a 2017 Porsche 911 and learn more about the Porsche brand’s illustrious history. And if you’re interested in other Porsche vehicles, perhaps a Porsche Cayenne in North Florida, or inventory is deep and ready for you to explore.