Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951) was a very talented automobile engineer and designer who worked for many companies, such as Austro-Daimler and Mercedes-Benz, before founding a consulting firm in 1931. In 1934 he began work on the “peoples’ car”, which became the best-selling “Beetle”. The first road-going car to be badged as a Porsche was built in 1948 in Gmund, Austria, before the company moved to Stuttgart. Helped by his son, also Ferdinand, the firm prospered and concentrated on building sportscars. Their reputation continues today with both road-going and racing sportscars achieving worldwide successes. Porsche is still based in Stuttgart, in the Zuffenhausen district, where they also have an excellent museum.