Porsche turns 70

by Ronan Glon

Porsche is celebrating its 70th birthday this year. Its first model, the 356, was a mid-engined two-seater built largely with upgraded Volkswagen Beetle parts. Engineeer Ferdinand Porsche drove the first 356 on public roads before turning it into a production model. He made the engine rear- instead of mid-mounted for packaging reasons. The rest, as they say, is history.