Designed by Ferdinand Alexander ‘Butzi’ Porsche (1935 – 2012), grandson of the Volkswagen Beetle’s creator, the 911 (this model circa 1965) rivals its forebear as an icon of German automotive engineering.
A close examination reveals traits inherited from previous Porsche cars, including the raised round headlights and rear-mounted, air-cooled engine. Larger and specifically faster than its immediate predecessor, the Porsche 365, and the Beetle, the 911 in the most successful competition car ever mass produced.
Butzi’s design for the body of the car proved remarkably enduring, with echoes of the shape clearly visible in 911s produced today.
Photographed in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, Museum of Modern Art, as Part of the Exhibit Automania, Which Runs Through January 2nd, 2022.