Porsche History: Ferdinand Porsche founded Porsche in 1931. He started by fulfilling a request from the German government to build a "car for the people" which became the Volkswagen. The first Porsche was the model 64, produced in 1938, which was followed by the first production car, the Porsche 356, in 1948. And those were followed by a wide variety of models such as the Porsche 911, Porsche 914, Spyder, Cayenne, Cayman and others. Porsche has a long history of awards for style and function. The Porsche 550 Spyder was a successful racer but the Porsche 911, with a six-cylinder 'Boxer' engine, is the most well known. Porsche has always had a close relationship with Volkswagen, sharing features and technology, and many other automobile manufactures consult with Porsche engineers as well. In 1972 family issues lead to putting the day-to-day operation of the company in non-family hands but heirs to Ferdinand Porsche still hold controlling interest.