Who’s Porsche, and when did it start making cars?
Porsche is quite an irritating company if a) you write reviews of cars on the internet or b) you comment on reviews of cars on the internet. See, Porsche is a company that rarely makes a misstep. Its cars are consistently fantastic to the point that rumours of them arriving at motoring magazines with a glovebox full of cash are almost as old as the company itself.
Speaking of which, Porsche began making cars in 1948, when the first examples of the 356 received road certification, the very first of which is sat alongside the fully electric Mission E concept above. But its history stretches much further back: company founder Ferdinand Porsche built his first car – called the P1 – in 1898 and he opened the Stuttgart office of his engineering company in 1931.
Porsche is a German company, so the gap between 1931 and 1948 is explained by… well, a thing we haven’t really got time to get bogged down in the details of.